A$AP Rocky surprised everybody by releasing his sophomore album one week early. It’s a good thing – it earned him another #1 album. That and 24 more exceptional chart takeaways – you don’t wanna miss ‘em folks!!!
1) A$AP Rocky scores his second career #1 album with At.Long.Last.A$AP. Had A$AP Rocky NOT dropped his new album a week early, Taylor Swift would’ve likely earned a 12th nonconsecutive week at #1 with multiplatinum album 1989 (she settles for runner-up).
2) Boosie BadAzz debuts at #3 with Touch Down 2 Cause Hell. As respectably as Boosie bows, his #3 start is nothing compared to that of chart leader A$AP Rocky’s.
3) Soundtracks continue to thrive: Pitch Perfect 2 (#4), Fifty Shades of Grey (#9), and Furious 7 (#10) .
4) Australian Christian music collective Hillsong United’s Empires debuts at #5.
5) “How the mighty fall”: Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface tumbles from #1 to #6. More disturbing is the amount of sales/impact erosion.
6) Both Maroon 5 (V) and Josh Groban (Stages) rise in chart position #14 to #11 and #18 to #13 respectively. Sam Hunt’s rises with Montevallo is more notable (#20 to #12) because he saw a “gain in performance” according to Billboard.
7) After resurging back to the top 10, Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am drops 11 spots from #7 to #18, 54 weeks into its overall chart stay and two weeks into the release of a ‘Platinum edition.’
8) Lifehouse debuts modestly at #26 with Out Of The Wasteland. The ceiling for the trio’s latest album looks quite low.
9) Alesso lands at #30 with his dance album, Forever.
10) Jamie Foxx’s second week is “nothing to write home about.” Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses slips from #10 to #32.
11) Maybe Jamie Foxx had a bad second week, but Zedd’s was worst. True Colors drops from a respectable start at #4 to #33. It doesn’t help that True Colors has received mixed reviews.
12) After a poor couple of weeks, Shawn Mendes is on the rebound, as Handwritten improves from #54 to #34.
13) Rapper Dizzy Wright debuts at #47 with album The Growing Process: #The Second Agreement.
14) Tech N9ne stops the massive chart bleeding of Special Effects dropping just two spots from #47 to #49.
15) Mariah Carey’s greatest hits compilation #1 To Infinity has an interesting stat – it debuted at #29 and fell 29 spots this week to sit at #58.
16) Michael Jackson’s The Essential Michael Jackson compilation skyrockets back up the charts from #178 to #66. The compilation peaked at #53 and has spent 131 weeks on the Billboard 200.
17) In its third week, Snoop Dogg’s Bush continues to free fall, dropping from #44 to #69 – 25 spots.
18) Allen Stone lands at #80 with Radius, his sophomore album.
19) Brandon Flowers surely didn’t experience The Desired Effect with his sophomore album – it tumbles from #17 to #82. For you mathematicians out there, it fell 65 spots, nearly four times its peak position (aka 17 x 4 = 68, with the 65 spot drop being shy of four times the peak position at 68).
20) Country music star Chase Rice sees a spike as Ignite The Night rises from #110 to #84.
21) From “Hero to Zero” would be a great characterization for Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks’ chart path. His The Voice: The Complete Season 8 Collection toppled from #6 to #92. Wanna do the math thing again? – That’s a drop of more than 14 times the peak position of the set.
22) A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live. A$AP reenters the Billboard 200 at #106. This marks Rocky’s debut set’s 42nd week on the charts.
23) These Things Happen indeed – G-Eazy’s album improves from #127 to #109.
24) Ciara continues to underperform with Jackie – the set slips from #96 to #133 only four short weeks in.
25) Metropole Orkest & Snarky Puppy debuts at #162 with joint album Sylva.