Is R&B back on an uptick? Too soon to say, but thanks to Jill Scott, at least the genre can lay claim to a second number one album. But that’s not the only takeaways on this week’s Billboard 200 charts. Here are 24 more takeaways where that one came from – or something like that!
1) Jill Scott scores her second #1 album with Woman. It also marks just the second R&B album to debut in the penthouse in 2015.
2) Future doesn’t fall much – at least where chart position is concerned. DS2 slips from #1 to #2.
3) Lamb Of God’s VII: Sturm Und Drang starts respectably at #3.
4) The Southpaw soundtrack debuts at #5.
5) 16-year old pop star Bea Miller finds her debut album Not An Apology starting at #7.
6) Tyrese spends a third week in the top 10. The run for Black Rose has definitely been a surprising one.
7) We Came As Romans just miss a spot in the top 10 as their self-titled album lands at #11.
8) One of the week’s more underrated releases, Hopsin’s Pound Syndrome, scores a #17 start. Not particularly sexy, but not surprisingly given the low-keyed nature of the release.
9) Prince Royce just missed the top 20 as Double Vision starts at #21.
10) Andy Grammer’s Magazines Or Novels improves from #31 to #24 in its 26th week on the charts.
11) Tame Impala started terrific with Currents last week, but this week, the set slips from #4 to #40. That’s a 36-spot drop!
12) Jason Isbell finds himself in a similar boat with Tame Impala as Something More Than Free slips from #6 to #41. Dreadful!
13) Breaking Benjamin seems to be fading fast. Dark Before Dawn slides from #32 to #45 in week six.
14) A$AP Rocky’s AT. LONG. LAST. A$AP falls from #37 to #49 in week 10.
15) Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die improves 29 spots on the charts, rising from #82 to #53. This is week 183.
16) George Ezra ascends up the charts with Wanted On Voyage, which jumps 26 spots from #90 to #64.
17) George Ezra isn’t the only artist who improves his stature remarkably. Charlie Puth’s EP Some Type Of Love rises from #94 to #65.
18) James Taylor continues to drop. Before This World drops 27 spots from #40 to #67.
19) Yep, call it what it is a FLOP. As much as it hurts me to hear that Miguel’s Wildheart isn’t performing well on the charts, it simply isn’t and that’s fact. Wildheart falls from #48 to #76 in week five. If that’s not a bomb, well then what is?
20) Drake’s Nothing Was The Same improves from #96 to #84 – a 12-spot improvement. Take Care also rises from #110 to #94.
21) Kacey Musgraves seems to be suffering from the sophomore bug. Pageant Material slides 36 spots from #64 to #100. By the way, if you were wondering if Tori Kelly outperformed her again this week, the answer is yes. Kelly slid as well, but more sensibly from #63 to #72. Both albums are only in their sixth week on the charts.
22) Speaking of a bad “week six,” Leon Bridges can join the club with Tori and Kacey. Coming Home slides 18 spots from #83 to #111 in its sixth frame.
23) The award for worst fall of the week goes to Anthony Brown & group therAPY – Everyday Jesus free falls 140 spots from #11 to #151.
24) Bad run for Easton Corbin. The country artist has been on the charts for a short five weeks, yet About To Get Real sits at #177 this week, on the cusp of falling off.
25) Maybe the album sales are “All Going To Pot” because Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django And Jimmie slipped from #137 to #193 in only week nine.