25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200


Shawn Mendes, Handwritten © Island

It was a big week for one young man – a really young man by the name of Shawn Mendes. 16 years old don’t normally score #1 albums, but don’t tell that to SM – he just did this week! That an more captivating, juicy, and succulent chart takeaways. Too much?

1) 16-year old Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes lands at #1 on the Billboard 200 with his full-length debut album, Handwritten. “Something big, I feel it happening…Oh, whoa, whoa…”

2) Reba claims another top five album as Love Somebody lands at #3. At 60 years old, and being a veteran artist, scoring a top five album is pretty impressive.

Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb © Odd Future

3) Tyler the Creator couldn’t create the same buzz with Cherry Bomb that graced previous album Wolf. Still, Cherry Bomb debuts at #4, with digital sales dominating that total.

4) Keeping those newbies rolling, Halestorm joins the party at #5 with Into The Wild Life.

5) Taylor Swift spends her 25th week in the top 10 with 1989. As Billboard points out, this is Swift’s first week NOT in the top five – GASP! That means she previously spent 24/25 weeks on the chart in the top five. That’s some good game, right?

Sam Hunt, Montevallo © MCA Nashville

6) My new favorite contemporary country singer Sam Hunt keeps on hanging around on the Billboard 200. This week, Montevallo rises from #15 to #13.

7) Kendrick Lamar drops out of the top 10 this week. To Pimp A Butterfly dropped seven spots from #7 to #14. Maybe “King Kunta” was a little too hot to handle?

8) WALK THE MOON is seeing resurgence as their sophomore album TALKING IS HARD improves from #19 to #16.

9) Little Big Town sees its numbers improve dramatically this week. Pain Killer rises from #58 to #17.

10) Dwight Yoakam returns to the Billboard 200 with Second Hand Heart, which lands at #17.

Wale, The Album About Nothing © Atlantic11) Wale continues a downward slide three weeks in. The Album About Nothing drops 10 spots from #11 to #21. Interestingly over its three week course, there has been a “1” in each chart position (#1, #11, #21). #NERD OBSERVATION

12) Young Thug enters the charts at #22 with mixtape Barter 6.

13) It sucks to be All Time Low this week. After selling strongly its first week with Future Hearts to score a #2 bow, the album plummets to #34 this week. Truly, “Something’s Gotta Give.”

14) Apparently, it’s not all about Ludacris and being Ludaversal. Luda’s comeback album isn’t holding up well three weeks in, landing at #3, #18, and this week at #35. Can you say FLOP?

Miranda Lambert, Platinum © RCA Records Label Nashville15) That “Little Red Wagon” is working out pretty well for Miranda Lambert, right? Platinum rises from #74 to #40 its 46th week on the chart. Her husband Blake Shelton also sees a spike to the tune of 49 spots (#108 to #59) for his album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE.

16) Sufjan Stevens sits at #50 in his third week on the charts with Carrie & Lowell. Previous weeks, he landed at #10 and #36.

17) Kelly Clarkson’s chart life looks to be a short one this go-round. Piece By Piece drops 20 spots this week from #35 to #55, only its 7th week on the chart.

18) Death Cab For Cutie join the rest of the acts suffering from commercial mediocrity as Kintsugi free falls 28 spots from #34 to #62 in three short weeks.

One Direction, Four © Columbia

19) Hmm, how has Zayn Malik’s departure affected One Direction’s sales? Well, who knows because it would be subjective to say that FOUR’s slip from #49 to #66 was caused by his exit without some data to support it. Still, doesn’t one wonder?

20) Releasing a physical edition of an album initially released digitally can make a difference. Earl Sweatshirt’s latest I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt reenters the Billboard 200 at #73. The album debuted at #12.

21) Two weeks in, Lord Huron’s Strange Trails falls from a #23 start to #97. OUCH!

Awolnation, Run © Red Bull

22) AWOLNATION manages to improve on the chart with Run, which moves from #133 to #109.

23) Truthfully, doesn’t Hollywood Undead’s latest album Day of the Dead seem dead? After sitting at #68 in its second week, Day of the Dead free falls to #114 in its third week.

24) Arctic Monkeys’ fine AM album spends its 84th week on the Billboard 200 (#121). AM debuted at #6 in 2013.

25) Action Bronson’s bomb continues to grow each and every week as Mr. Wonderful drops from #89 to #124.

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