Finally, “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”… for R&B. Thanks to Tyrese, delivering one/if not the best album of his career, gave R&B that elusive #1 album after a year of struggles. But that’s not the only takeaway on the latest edition of the Billboard 200 – there are 24 more where that came from!
1) The drought is over – for R&B! Thanks to Tyrese’s Black Rose, and R&B album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 for the first time this year. Not only that, but Black Rose gave Tyrese his first number one album.
2) Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money slips to #3 after spending two weeks atop the chart.
3) The kids can rejoice as Kidz Bop 29 debuts at #4 this week.
4) Ross Lynch’s band (with three other Lynch siblings and one odd man out) R5 take their sophomore effort Sometime Last Night to a #6 start.
5) Meghan Trainor and Drake see their respective albums – Title and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late return to the top ten (#11 to #8 and #13 to #9 respectively).
6) Not everybody can claim a top 10 debut like Tyrese and R5. Owl City’s latest effort Mobile Orchestra debuts just outside the top 10 at #11, while Between The Buried And Me settle for #12 with Coma Ecliptic. Sigh, you win some, lose some fellas.
7) The Magic Mike XXL soundtrack slips from #8 to #16.
8) Don’t feel so bad Magic Mike XXL, because James Taylor’s luck was worse than yours this week. Before This World dropped 12 spots from #6 to #18.
9) Shawn Mendes’ luck seems to be looking up lately, as Handwritten improves once more from #31 to #22. The album debuted at #1.
10) It’s seems like it’s going to be awfully Dark Before Dawn for Breaking Benjamin as the band’s former #1 album slips from #7 to #24 in week four.
11) Fifth Harmony haven’t had that much to celebrate with their Reflection album, but this week, it moves from #36 to #26 – a ten-spot improvement.
12) Miguel’s third album Wildheart seems to be literally “…going to hell” – or at least plummeting down the charts – as it slips from #3 to #30 in week three. OUCH!
13) Newbies X Ambassadors aren’t getting the “friendly bounce of the ball” so far in their chart stay. VHS slides from #9 to #37 in its third week.
14) No worries about the staying power of the Teen Beach 2 soundtrack as of yet; it slips from #19 to #39 in just three short weeks.
15) Kacey Musgraves hasn’t led a graceful chart path with Pageant Material as of yet, BUT Tori Kelly seems to be doing worse, even with an Unbreakable Smile. Her debut effort slips from #26 to #50.
16) One Direction sees their fourth album FOUR improve from #98 to #78 in its 35th week. Is Louis Tomlinson baby news a factor?
17) It doesn’t get much worse than Easton Corbin’s third week. Despite the cheap sales price of About To Get Real, things “really got real this week” as the effort free falls from #15 to #85. Mathematicians, that’s an astonishing 70-spot drop!
18) No swag for the Paper Towns soundtrack yet, as it debuts at #89.
19) Singer/songwriter Stacy Barthe’s debut album BEcoming debuts at #92. More promotion would’ve been nice – who knew it was arriving?
20) Adam Lambert’s “high” has been long gone with The Original High, which continues its abysmal chart performance sliding from #78 to #94 in week five.
21) Cody Simpson debuts robustly… just kidding. The 18-year old pop star saw his latest effort Free debut tepidly at #128.
22) Muse continues to underperform as Drones plummets from #61 to #138. That is a 77-spot drop. This album debuted at #1 and has only been on the charts for six weeks!
23) Nina Revisited, a tribute compilation to the late, great Nina Simone, debuts unimpressively at #143. The numbers are ugly, but the album is splendid.
24) Veruca Salt debuts at #159 with Ghost Notes. How many more ways is there to say that debuting at #159 is not good… Obvious right?
25) Bilal settles for a #179 start with In Another Life. #179? R&B fans, where y’all at? Didn’t y’all know my man has one of the best albums of 2015? Shameful! Support a brotha!