25 Chart Takeaways: Muse Takes The Top Spot  


Muse, Drones © Warner Bros

A veteran British alternative band FINALLY earns a #1 album. That long awaited achievement and 24 other fascinating, stimulating chart takeaways – or something like that!

1) 21-years into its career, Muse lands its first #1 album with Drones. 21 years is a long period of time, but better late than never right?

2) Taylor Swift just won’t budge. Once she returned to the top five – she decided that 1989 would keep that #2 spot warm. Well, she didn’t decide technically – that’s all on the music buyers!

3) Who are Of Monsters And Men? Great question! Apparently the Icelandic alternative band’s sophomore album impacted enough to score a #3 debut on the Billboard 200.

4) After reaching the penthouse for the first time last week, Florence + The Machine’s third studio album How Big How Blue How Beautiful falls to #4.

5) Those “fingers” are still sticky 44 years later – The Rolling Stones see their seminal (no pun intended) album Sticky Fingers reenters the chart at #5. The super deluxe edition enters at #65.

Sam Hunt, Montevallo © MCA Nashville

6) Sam Hunt’s star is rising folks. Hunt’s debut album Montevallo improves from #13 to #7.

Pitch Perfect 2 © UMe

7) As hard as it may be to believe, there is NO soundtrack gracing the Billboard 200 Top 10 this week. Pitch Perfect 2, you were the last hope and you FAILED by falling from #6 to #11! CUSS WORDS! Was that too much? – LOL!

8) Royal Blood’s self-titled album enters at #17. One other album, Southernality, the debut effort by A Thousand Horses, closes out the top 20 at #20.

9) Big plunge for Jason Derulo this week as Everything Is 4 drops from #4 to #23 in week two.

Tamia, Love Life © Def Jam

10) Tamia’s first album for a major label in more than a decade doesn’t go so hot – shocker right? The monogamously, classy LP, Love Life debuts modestly at #27.

11) Doesn’t look like there’ll be “too much money going to pot” based upon the second week fortunes of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s joint album Djano And Jimmie. The set dropped 25 spots from #7 to #32.

12) Tremonti’s Cauterize debuts at #40. For those not in the know, Tremonti was founded by Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti.

13) Kendrick Lamar sees his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly improve from #48 to #45 in week 13.

14) After a hot start, the pace has slowed down for Boosie BadAzz as his latest album Touch Down 2 Cause Hell slips from #22 to #48 in only its third week.

Billy Currington, Summer Forever © Mercury

15) Talk about a crappy second week – Billy Currington experiences it firsthand. Summer Forever free falls from #15 to #55 – a 45-spot drop.

16) Despite dropping from #56 to #58, Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors sees “gains in performance.”

17) Jamie xx also experiences that nasty second week bug. In Colour slips from #21 to #72.

18) The Weeknd sees his compilation album Trilogy rise from #88 to #78 in its 67th week on the chart. Trilogy debuted at #4 back in 2012.

Lil Durk, Remember My Name © Def Jam

19) Call it the second week blues – yep. Isn’t it something that Lil Durk titled his album Remember My Name? Unfortunately, the album crashes and burns in week two plunging from #14 to #80. That’s an ugly 66-spot drop.

20) Michael Jackson’s The Essential Michael Jackson improves from #163 to #96 in week 133.

21) As shocking as it may be, Wale’s The Album About Nothing improves in week 11 from #107 to #98. The improvement is legit – “gains in performance” baby!

22) Jamie Foxx might as well hang up those shoes. Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses drops 40-spots from #61 to #101 in week four. Album is DONE – write it down.

23) They once were popular, but Montgomery Gentry have to settle for an unremarkable start with Folks Like Us at #121.

24) Marvin Sapp saw his latest album You Shall Live slip from #40 to #124. Gospel isn’t a big seller but still, couldn’t Marvin have gotten a bit more support?

Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

25) 30 spots later, Kelly Clarkson finds Piece By Piece sitting at #151, it’s worst charting point as of yet.

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