25 Chart Takeaways: Luke Bryan Bests Dr. Dre For No. 1


Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights © Capitol Nashville/Dr. Dre, Compton © Aftermath/Interscope Collage

After having a terrible albums sales week, this week sees Luke Bryan and Dr. Dre up the ante. Besides those two actually selling in respectable, robust pure sales, there’s some other chart takeaways both good and bad! Here are 25 chart takeaways! Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights © Capitol Nashville

1) Luke Bryan does it again – scoring a #1 album that is! Kill The Lights outpaces the competition to take top honors, lately a very familiar place for the 39-year old country star.

Dr. Dre, Compton A Soundtrack © Aftermath/Interscope

2) Dr. Dre finally returned and in a big way – He took the #2 spot with robust numbers with Compton, his first new studio album in 16 years.

3) Now 55 debuts at #3. While respectable, the compilation effort is miles off from the numbers posted by Bryan or the good Dr.

4) No repeat at #1 for TobyMac as This Is Not A Test settles for fourth place with considerably less numbers than Eye On It posted in 2012.

5) Future continues to hold down the urban fort on the top 10 on the Billboard 200. DS2 slips from #2 to #7, but this marks the rapper’s fourth week in the top 10.

6) Despite horrid numbers in its first week, former #1 album Descendants clings onto a spot in the top 10 at #8.

7) Shawn Mendes sees his debut album Handwritten improve 11-spots from #28 to #17.

Jill Scott, Woman © Atlantic

8) Jill Scott’s stay in the top echelon is done. Woman slides from #5 to #19 in week three. Woman of course started at #1.

9) Country newbie Michael Ray lands at #21 with his self-titled debut. Assuming people (1) don’t know who he is and (2) they didn’t want to “kiss him in the morning.” That second one is doubtful, as the tattooed dude definitely looks the part of modern country these days.

10) Good week to be Jason DeruloEverything Is 4 flies up the charts from #55 to #23.

11) And he has Another One Mac Demarco that is. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s latest project starts at #25.

12) N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton rises up the charts from #97 to #30. Has to be that #1 Box Office Film, don’t you think?

Southpaw © Shady/Interscope

13) Three weeks in Southpaw’s soundtrack is performing merely so-so. This week, week three, Southpaw drops from 21st to 44th.

14) Tori Kelly sees her debut album Unbreakable improve from #63 to #48.

15) Never Shout Never didn’t exactly “bring the pain” commercially with Black Cat – the effort starts at an unmemorable #52.

16) Frank Turner’s Positive Songs For Negative People drops in at #69.

17) Dr. Dre’s acclaimed hip-hop classic The Chronic moves up 123 spots from #198 to #75. The set peaked at #3 back in its day.

Lamb of God, VII- Sturm Und Drang © Epic

18) Lamb Of God continues tepid sales, slipping from #39 to #82 in just three short weeks.

Miguel, Wildheart © RCA

19) Yeah, we’ve mentioned the minimal success of Miguel’s Wildheart, but the set continues to underperform. Seven weeks in, Wildheart slips from #74 to #83.

20) Professional Rapper may not be a career for Lil Dicky after all – the album slips 74 spots from #7 to #84.

21) Alabama Shakes sees Sound & Color improve 28 spots from #122 to #94.

22) Couldn’t resist including this one! Cattle Decapitation’s The Anthropocene Extinction debuts at #100.

23) Chief Keef’s Bang 3 debuts at #131.

Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas © Island

24) Nick JonasNick Jonas reenters the Billboard 200 at #164.

Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul © Stone’d Records

25) Joss Stone had a horrid second week with Water For Your Soul. It drops from #34 to #179.

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