25 Chart Takeaways: Future Takes The Top Spot on the Billboard 200


Future, DS2 © Epic

Yep, let’s just go on and address it – and it isn’t shade (or that much shade)! Future outperformed Ciara, big time. We’ll leave it at that! Here are 25 chart takeaways this week, with Future leading the pack with the biggest album of his career!

1) Atlanta MC Future lands his first career number one album on the Billboard 200 with DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2).

2) Tyrese slips from #1 to #3 in his second week on the charts. Black Rose has definitely exceeded expectations so far.

Tame Impala, Currents © Interscope

3) Tame Impala’s third album, Currents debuts at #4 on the Billboard 200.

4) Alan Jackson returns to a familiar place – the top five at #5 with latest album Angels And Alcohol.

5) Singer/songwriter Jason Isbell debuts at #6 with Something More.

6) Gospel group Anthony Brown & group therAPy debuts at #11 with sophomore album Everyday Jesus. That’s a fine start for a gospel act.

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint © Motown/Universal

7) Nicki Minaj sees The Pinkprint improve from #25 to #18 in its 32nd week on the charts.

8) Another gospel act scores a top 20 debut? Say it ain’t so! Karen Clark-Sheard sees her latest effort Destined To Win land at #20.

9) Rae Sremmurd has a big week as SremmLife improves 30 spots from #54 to #24 in week 29.

10) J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive moves up the charts from #40 to #29.

James Taylor, Before This World © Concord

11) Is James Taylor’s luck running out as of late? After slipping from #6 to #18, this week, Before This World slides from 18th to 40th. Ouch!

12) Both of Kendrick Lamar’s studio albums improve in chart position: To Pimp A Butterfly rises from #44 to #41, while good kid, m.A.A.d city moves up 50 spots from 93rd to 43rd. Good kid is this weeks “greatest gainer.”

13) The Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits reenters the Billboard 200 at #52.

14) Not a good week for the strippers… um Magic Mike XXL soundtrack. It slips from #16 to #57.

15) Have people “stopped believing?” Journey’s Greatest Hits drops from #33 to #60 this week. No, people haven’t really stopped believing as the set has been on the charts for years.

Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile © Capitol

16) Flip-flop this week! Last week, Kacey Musgraves outperformed Tori Kelly on the charts with Pageant Material (#36 versus #50). This week, Kelly turns the tables by beating the country singer with Unbreakable Smile (#63 versus #64). Neither are performing well on the charts.

17) These Things Happen! G-Eazy sees his album move up 60 spots from #125 to #65 in week #54.

18) There’s really no words that can be said to Ross Lynch and R5 to console them right now. Sometime Last Night fell from #6 to #72 in just two weeks on the charts. How does such a big gap happen?

19) The Lynches may not be doing well this week, but another teen/young adult band is doing just fine. 5 Seconds of Summer’s debut album moves back into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 this week (#129 to #80). The Australian band is 52 weeks invested.

Leon Bridges, Coming Home © Columbia

20) Leon Bridges had a bad week, as Coming Home dropped 30 spots from #53 to #83.

21) The allure of Pitch Perfect 2 is clearly wearing off; the soundtrack drops 25 spots from #70 to #95 in just 11 weeks.

22) James Bay’s The Chaos And The Calm improves from #154 to #115.

23) Despite debuting at #3 a short seven weeks ago, Of Monsters And Men’s Beneath The Skin sits at #119 this week, a 9-spot slip from last week’s pit stop at #110. What does this mean? The album is not selling.

24) MS MR’s How Does It Feel debuts modestly at #141.

Zedd, True Colors © Interscope

25) Zedd continues to have a subpar chart experience with sophomore album True Colors. This week, it drops from #114 to #142. That’s only 10 weeks in too…

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