25 Chart Takeaways: James Taylor’s First No. 1 Album


James Taylor, Before This World © Concord

Finally after a lengthy career, James Taylor does something he’s never done before – topped the Billboard 200! That shocking bit of news and 24 other worthwhile pieces of chart information you’ll probably never use in life but enjoy reading!!! Can’t get a better intro than that, right?

1) Veteran Singer/Songwriter James Taylor scores the first #1 album of his career with Before This World.

2) Adam Lambert hits a familiar position on the chart – third. Like his 2009 debut album For Your Entertainment, The Original High debuts at #3.

3) Hilary Duff’s first album in eight years, Breathe In. Breath Out, debuts at #5.

Nate Ruess, Grand Romantic © Fueled By Ramen

4) Nate Ruess’ debut album Grand Romantic debuts at #7 on the Billboard 200.

5) Mumford & SonsWilder Mind improves nine spots from #19 to #10 on the charts.

6) After three weeks in the top 10, A$AP Rocky spends his fourth week outside of it as At. Long Last. A$AP slips from #8 to #12.

7) Third Eye Blind’s Dopamine debuts modestly at #13. Interestingly, Third Eye Blind has never scored a top ten album.

Muse, Drones © Warner Bros

8) Muse has an abysmal sophomore week as Drones tumbles from #1 to #19. Ouch! If it makes Muse feel any better, The Rolling Stones also tumbled, though Sticky Fingers has already experienced its success peak (drops from #5 to #31).

Fifty Shades Of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) © Republic

9) Only two soundtracks grace the top 20 this week: Fifty Shades of Grey (#17) and Furious 7 (#20). Pitch Perfect 2 slips from #11 to #23.

10) Hozier sees his self-titled debut album improves 11 spots from #40 to #29 in its 37th week. Hozier debuted at #2 back in 2014.

11) Get this! Imagine Dragons’ debut effort Night Visions improves from #63 to #36. The band’s sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors also improves (#58 to #49), but Night Visions outsold it this week!

12) Matt Redman’s latest contemporary Christian music album Unbroken Praise: At Abbey Road Studios debuts at #50.

13) After falling 25 spots between its first and second weeks (#7 to #32), Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard slip 20 more spots in week three to #52. Won’t be much left to “go to pot” at this rate!

14) Boosie BadAzz has “No Juice” – as far as album sales are concerned. Touch Down 2 Cause Hell drops 20 more spots from #48 to #68.

15) There are three debuts in the 70s – Walk Off The Earth’s Sing It All Away, Giorgio Moroder’s Déjà vu, and Don Omar’s Last Don II. These three debut at #71, #72, and #73 respectively.

Billy Currington, Summer Forever © Mercury

16) Billy Currington’s Summer definitely won’t be lasting Forever. The country musician’s latest is nothing short of a flop, plummeting 25 spots from #55 to #80 three short weeks in.

James Bay, Chaos And The Calm © Republic

17) British newbie James Bay’s debut album returns to the top 100 of the Billboard 200, as Chaos And The Calm improves from #172 to #90. James, people have “The Craving” for you!

18) The “Hood [may] Go Crazy” on the Billboard Hot 100, but the sales for Tech N9ne’s Special Effects are anything but – unless “crazy” means the sales suck. Special Effects slips from #79 to #97 seven weeks in.

19) Chase Rice’s Ignite The Night has spent 42 weeks on the Billboard 200 – Hard to believe right? Ignite The Night falls from #95 to #102.

20) Tamia’s Love Life has not been popular to say the least. The album drops a whopping 82 spots from #27 to #109.

21) Mika’s No Place In Heaven lays an egg – well not literally. No Place In Heaven definitely must be feeling the heat of hell as the album only musters up a tepid debut at #117.

22) AWOLNATION’s Run improves 55 spots from #179 to #124. You go Aaron Bruno!

Jamie Foxx, Hollywood- A Story Of A Dozen Roses © RCA

23) The trainwreck for Jamie Foxx continues. Hollywood: A Story OF A Dozen Roses falls 45 more spots from #101 to #146. Jamie, why’d you bother to release this album buddy?

24) Lil Durk is going NOWHERE! Three weeks in, Remember My Name sits at #164, only 84 spots worse than the previous week.

25) Madonna’s Rebel Heart reenters the Billboard 200 at #198. This marks the album’s 10th week on the charts after debuting at #2. Isn’t something wrong with this picture? Madonna just doesn’t sell any more does she?

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