Another musical act has earned a new achievement in their career – Breaking Benjamin scores its first #1 album! That awesome news and even more awesomeness via this week’s 25 chart takeaways!
1) Breaking Benjamin – like James Taylor, Muse, and Florence + The Machine before them – get over the hump, scoring their first #1 album with Dark Before Dawn. Fifth time’s charm apparently!
2) Pop newcomer Tori Kelly splashes onto the Billboard 200 with her debut album, Unbreakable Smile at #2.
3) Kacey Musgraves’ second major label effort Pageant Material solidifies a #3 bow on the Billboard 200.
4) After conquering the charts last week, James Taylor settles for fifth place this week with Before This World.
5) R&B newbie Leon Bridges debuts respectably at #6 with his traditional R&B album, Coming Home. Please note that Bridges’ numbers trumped those of more established artists including Jamie Foxx (Hollywood: Story Of A Dozen Roses), Ciara (Jackie), and Jazmine Sullivan (Reality Show). He also bested fellow newbie Elijah Blake and the established Lyfe Jennings.
6) The top 10 had room for one soundtrack this week as Teen Beach 2 barely snags a spot at #10.
7) The gap between debuting releases following Teen Beach 2 is a remarkable 19 spots; Country newcomer Canaan Smith debuts at #29 with Bronco.
8) Backtracking a bit, for the second consecutive week, Imagine Dragons’ debut album Night Visions both gains in impact and bests sales for the band’s sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors. Night Visions improves from #36 to #21, while Smoke + Mirrors improves from #49 to #31.
9) Trey Songz’s reissue of his former chart topping album, Trigga Reloaded, can’t duplicate the sales/impact of the original; Trigga reenters the Billboard 200 at #23.
10) Major Lazer does something you must do to win in basketball – rebound. Latest album Peace Is The Mission improves from #34 to #24 in its fourth week on the charts. The set debuted just outside the top 10 at #12.
11) Shawn Mendes sees his debut album Handwritten improve from #44 to #32 in its 11th week. Handwritten made the 16-year old one of the youngest artists to score a #1 album.
12) Da-yum Adam Lambert! The pop singer’s third album The Original High plummets from #3 to #38 in week número dos. Doesn’t look like Lambert will ever achieve his “original high” again… Too much? Too soon?
13) Muse’s debut at #1 with Drones is beginning to look like an outlier week. In its third week, Drones slips from #19 to #41. Ouch!!!
14) If you thought Adam Lambert had a horrible second week, look at Hilary Duff’s fortunes! Breathe In. Breathe Out. Free falls from #5 to a shocking #65. There are no “Sparks” there Lizzie McGuire!
15) Surprise release God, Money, War, courtesy of King Los, debuts at an uninspired #68.
16) So to recap…Adam Lambert dropped 35 spots…Hilary Duff dropped 60 spots… Nate Ruess tops both with a cringe-worthy 62 spot drop from #7 to #69 with his debut Grand Romantic. Bloody awful to say the least!
17) Michael Jackson sees yet another posthumous spike in sales/impact as The Essential Michael Jackson improves 113 spots from #185 to #72.
18) Richard Thompson’s latest LP Still debuts at #82. Modest might be an understatement.
19) Wolf Alice don’t exactly burn up the charts as the band’s debut album lands at #90.
20) Lyfe Jennings’ best days of his career seem to be firmly behind him – commercially that is. Tree Of Lyfe clunks its way on the chart with an unimpressive #117 debut. Seems like it’s been forever since The Phoenix debuted at #2, more than the literal 9 years at least!
21) Guess who tops Adam, Hilary, and Nate? Third Eye Blind, whose Dopamine sinks 109 spots from #13 to #122. Hope the band didn’t invest too much money into that album – just saying!
22) Desaparecidos’ Payola enters the charts at #160 – phew!
23) Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece has renewed hope this week, though not much. The album improves from #178 to #161 in week 17. It’s the little victories in life, right?
24) How about a Jamie Foxx update? Hollywood: Story Of A Dozen Roses continues to be nothing short of a mistake, slipping 45 more spots from #146 to #191 in only six shirt weeks. Can we all say “EPIC FAIL” in unison?
25) The final takeaway is reserved for an album that didn’t even sell/impact enough to earn a spot on the Billboard 200. To show you just how bad Elijah Blake’s Shadows & Diamonds performed, it only earned a #22 spot on the Heatseekers Albums chart. Bad promotion and a lack of availability were some issues with this album, which yours truly didn’t even see on the music shelves from a number of retailers.