Pitch Perfect 2 has taken over the world – or at least this week’s Billboard 200! That takeaway and 24 more!
1) The soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2 unsurprisingly takes the #1 spot on the Billboard 200.
2) Though Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind falls just one spot to #2, the percentage drop in overall sales/impact is steeper than such a minimal drop in chart position would suggest.
3) David Guetta’s Listen makes a remarkable leap up the charts, improving 26 spots from #30 to #4, a new career high. The album debuted much more modestly at #22.
4) It’s good to be a soundtrack – Fifty Shades of Grey and Furious 7 continue to prosper at numbers #3 and #5 respectively.
5) Incubus lands another top 10 effort as its Trust Fall (Side A) bows at #6.
6) A disappointing week for Snoop Dogg as his latest album BUSH settles for a modest #14 debut.
7) Andy Grammer achieves a new career high as Magazines Or Novels improves from #35 to #19.
8) Tech N9ne clings onto the top 20 as Special Effects drops 16 spots in its sophomore week (#4 to #20).
9) The original Pitch Perfect soundtrack reenters the Billboard 200 at #32.
10) Chris Stapleton’s Traveller slips from #14 to #38 in its second week on the charts.
11) Tyler Farr drops 20 spots in his third week on the charts; Suffer In Peace’s chart life began at #4, fell to #26, and currently resides at #46.
12) For the fourth straight week, Shawn Mendes experiences a decline in chart position. This week the drop is minor as Handwritten slips from #47 to #50. Still, five weeks in, the first week seems to be an outlier.
13) The late great B.B. King sees some Billboard 200 action, led by Live At The Regal reentering the charts at #56, a new high for the set. The Complete Collection makes its first appearance on the charts at #59 while Greatest Hits lands at #118.
15) Ciara can’t be pleased with the reception that Jackie has received. The album tumbles after a tepid #17 start to #64. This album is going nowhere and fast.
16) Steve Aoki sees his Neon Future. II land at #66. Right beside him, The Tallest Man On Earth sees its Dark Bird Is Home debut at #67.
17) Hinder irrelevancy in 2015 is clear – When The Smoke Clears debuts at #75.
18) For whatever reason, One Direction’s FOUR improves 20 spots from #97 to #77.
19) Ahead of a potential #1 album with Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots’ Vessel improves from #105 to #88.
20) A drop of 30 spots can never be a good thing. Darius Rucker’s Southern Style suffers that horrible event, plummeting from #59 to #89.
21) Leonard Cohen’s Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour debuts at #100.
23) Kelly Clarkson suffers another loss, this time 22 spots as Piece By Piece slips out of the upper half of the Billboard 200 (#115).
24) Junkie XL’s Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack debuts at #134.
25) Leela James’ Fall For You reenters the Billboard 200 at #148. You go girl!!!