Florence Welch (and her Machine) returned in a big way with her rather blue, yet beautiful new album, which sits in the penthouse this week on the Billboard 200. But guess what folks – there’s more than Florence at work? How about those 24 other chart takeaways to pass the time?
1) Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the collective’s third studio album. Is anyone surprised?
2) A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP falls from the top spot on the Billboard 200 to #3 in its second week. This news isn’t the least bit shocking either…yawning as we speak.
3) Jason Derulo’s fourth studio album Everything Is 4 starts at #4 – seems appropriate right? If Everything really is 4, then it totally has to debut fourth since it is his fourth album and he’s trying to move FORward.
4) Pitch Perfect 2 is the sole soundtrack to remain in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week. Fifty Shades of Grey tumbled from #9 to #16, while Furious 7 followed suit slipping from #10 to #17.
5) Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s joint album Django And Jimmie lands at #7. Whatever money these two country vets make – well, “It’s All Going To Pot.”
6) Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde rises from #9 to #17 in week number six. Truly seems like the band is embodying the whole “Jekyll” and “Hyde” thing, right?
7) Three newbies miss the top 10: Major Lazer (Peace Is The Mission, #12), Lil Durk (Remember My Name, #14), and Billy Currington (Summer Forever, #15). The ceiling for all three of these albums appears to be L-O-W.
8) Jamie xx’s solo debut – In Colour – debuts just outside the top 20 at #21. Similarly, rapper Dom Kennedy’s latest album, By Dom Kennedy bows at #23.
9) Are the Stages narrowing for Josh Groban? The former #2 album slips from #13 to #29 in week six.
10) After a resurgence thanks to a ‘platinum edition,’ Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am has experienced a two week drop – #7 to #18 and #18 to #31.
11) After a hot streak, things have cooled off for gospel artist Marvin Sapp. The quietly released You Shall Live debuted equally quietly at #40. Sapp’s previous two albums – Here I Am and I Win – debuted impressively at #2 and #9 respectively.
12) Hillsong United had a solid first week with Empires debuting at #5, but week two is the exact opposite, as the album tumbles to #43.
13) Barenaked Ladies’ Silverball debuts modestly at #46.
14) Has Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly lost its commercial appeal? Somewhat, as the former #1 album slips 12 spots from #36 to #48 in its 12th week on the charts.
15) Who has the year’s latest flop? If you guessed Jamie Foxx and Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses, you’d be correct. The uninspired album falls from #32 to #61.
16) Tech N9ne may have the “Hood Go Crazy” on Special Effects, but he’s certainly not going crazy on the charts. Special Effects slipped from #49 to #64 in week five.
17) No “jealousy” this week cast towards Nick Jonas as his self-titled album slips 20 spots from #46 to #66. Don’t cry too much for ole boy – he’s been on the chart for 30 weeks.
18) YelaWolf experiences an improvement in chart performance: Love Story rises from #81 to #69 in week seven.
19) We have another bomb on our hands ladies and gentlemen. Zedd may be a brilliant musician and seeming nice person, but his sophomore set True Colors is selling about as bad as some of the reviews for the album. This week, it slips from #33 to #76 – OUCH!
20) After 118 weeks on the charts, Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care is still hot – well relatively speaking. It rises from #124 to #81 this week.
21) Mariah Carey needs to rethink things – really. #1 To Infinity can’t be the start that she’d hope for with her new deal at Epic Records – the compilation free falls from #58 to #92 with only three short weeks under its belt.
22) The Tenors’ Under One Sky barely cracks the upper half of the Billboard 200 at #98.
23) There’s no “glory” in album number three for Gloriana – the country group suffers a tremendous blow to their previous top 20 fortunes as Three debuts tepidly at #116. Yep, that “fat lady has been done sung.”
24) What’s the deal Kelly Clarkson? Why is Piece By Piece arguably the quietest album of your illustrious career, slipping from #108 to #120? 14 weeks in and the sentiment is this album has been an underperformer.
25) Not only do The Darkness chart their latest album Last Of Our Kind, but they do so within the darkest portions of the chart – that blasted bottom half. Last Of Our Kind debuts at #125. Bad? – Most definitely…like horrible.