Unsurprisingly, Maybach Music came through – Meek Mill debuted in the top spot with his highly anticipated, delayed sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Also unsurprising, Miguel debuted in the top two. Interestingly, within the last week, TWO Billboard 200 charts were released, as the music industry has embraced a new global music release day on Fridays. Usually this post from yours truly appears on Mondays, but because of a curveball, an amended version that you are now reading bows on today, Wednesday, July 15.
1) Meek Mill debuted at #1 with his sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money. DWMTM was supposed to be released in Fall 2014, but a stint in jail for the MC delayed its release. With a special 11-day sales tabulation, Mill remained at #2 in “week two.”
2) Miguel’s Wildheart unsurprisingly landed at #2 on the Billboard 200, a new career high for the R&B artist. Unfortunately, the sales didn’t live up to the peak position, even considering the extended chart period this week.
3) Breaking Benjamin’s Dark Before Dawn slipped from #1 to #6 in week two, then fell one more spot to #7 with the new Billboard chart conforming to the global music release day.
4) X Ambassadors’ debut album VHS debuted at #7 and fell to #9 in week 2. Not too bad for a bunch of up and coming “Renegades,” right? Well…
5) Two more debuts closed the top 10 – August Burns Red’s Found In Far Away Places at #9 and the Magic Mike XXL soundtrack at #10. In week 2, Magic Mike XXL improved from 10th to 5th, while August Burns Red slipped to 12th.
6) Easton Corbin wasn’t able to score a top 10 debut, as About To Get Real settled for #13 (he slipped two spots with the new transitional version of the chart). The country male artists seem to be struggling as of late – save for Sam Hunt.
7) Kacey Musgraves experienced some slippage as Pageant Material fells 11 spots from #3 to #14, then dropped two more at #16.
8) Tori Kelly’s drop was more pronounced than Musgraves’ as Unbreakable Smile tumbled from #2 to #20, then dropped another six spots in week two.
9) Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise moved “WAYYYYY UP” from #37 to #24, then experienced another bump to #22.
10) A$AP Rocky spent his first week outside of the top 20 as AT. LONG. LAST. A$AP slipped from #18 to #27 in week six. Week seven saw the slip more pronounced, dropping three more spots to #30.
11) Skrillex & Diplo see their joint effort Skillex And Diplo Present Jack U improved from #40 to #31. They added two more spots of improvement to #29 in the transitional edition of the Billboard 200.
12) The soundtracks seem to be dropping? What gives? Teen Beach 2 fell from #10 to #17; Fifty Shades of Grey from #17 to #23; Furious 7 from #22 to #32; Pitch Perfect 2 from #36 to #58. Even with an added week under each of these albums’ belt, Teen Beach 2 remained the only soundtrack in the top 20 at #19.
13) Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly improves from #45 to #33 in week 16. Week 17 wasn’t quite as kind (#33 to #34).
14) Leon Bridges kind of wishes he could rewind to last week, as his debut album Coming Home slid from #6 to #38 in week two. Week three saw the set slide five more spots to 43rd.
15) Vince Staples’ proper debut Summertime ’06 debuted quietly at #39, only to fall nine spots to 48th in its sophomore frame.
16) Order has been restored! Imagine Dragons’ Smoke + Mirrors once more is outperforming Night Visions. After both albums slipped in impact (#31 to #41 and #21 to #61 respectively), this week, both improved slightly (#41-#38 and #61 – #60).
17) Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful slipped 22 spots this week from #27 to #49 at only five weeks in. In week six, the fall is subtler as the set drops from 49th to 57th.
18) Joy Williams’ Venus debuted at #71 on the big board. Interestingly, a few added days made a big difference, as week two saw the set drop 26 spots to #97.
19) The Original High just isn’t there for Adam Lambert. It fell 36 spots from #38 to #74 in week three. In week four it only dropped 4 spots to 78th. Still, that sucks!
20) The Internet’s latest album, Ego Death debuted unremarkably at #89. In week two, it would fall to an even more unremarkable #102.
21) Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color slipped 26 spots from #64 to #90 in week 11. Charming. At least week 12 saw only a one spot loss at #91.
22) Zedd’s True Colors continues to drop. Seven short weeks in, the album drops from #93 to #107. Week eight things were better, as the album improved to #99.
23) Hilary Duff continues a horrid chart run with Breath In. Breath Out – it tumbled from #65 to #134 (69 spots). In week four, it feel 29 more spots to #163.
24) Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece improved from #161 to #151 in week 18 and made a bigger jump in week 19, moving to #144.
25) Grand Romantic hasn’t worked out too well for Nate Ruess. It tops Hilary Duff’s horrid third week slipping from #69 to #175 – a 106-spot drop. In it’s fourth week, it drops 23 more spots, clinging on for dear life at #198.