Nobody could stop him – Luke Bryan that is. He got a great fight though from Ed Sheeran of all people, who’s been dominating since 2014. Sigh, that’s the music industry for you. Here are 25 chart takeaways to check out this week!
1) Luke Bryan keeps the #1 spot warm for a second week. Kill The Lights seems to be “killing it,” don’t you think?
2) It must be awesome to be Ed Sheeran – right now or at anytime really! X has spent 61 weeks on the Billboard 200 and this week sits at #2. Go Ed!
3) The sophomore week for Dr. Dre’s Compton wasn’t great as far as the sales, but last week’s runner-up only slips one spot to #3.
4) N.W.A.’s classic Straight Outta Compton flies up the charts from #30 to #4 given the release of the Box Office hit of the same name. “Damn it feels good to be a gangsta!” BTW, the rap collective’s Greatest Hits reenters at #93.
5) Melanie Martinez isn’t crying too much this week as Cry Baby lands at #6.
6) Ah, Bullet For My Valentine’s Venom must be extremely poisonous as many folks stayed away. Still, a #8 debut is nothing to be ashamed of, even if the numbers are so-so at best.
7) Future remains a top-ten fixture – who would’ve thought? DS2 slides from 7th to 9th in week five. Not bad Future!
8) Drake’s album continues to outsell Meek Mill’s despite arriving way ahead. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late slid from #10 to #14 this week, while Dreams Worth More Than Money slid from #13 to #20. We know who the champ is!
9) Chinx’s posthumously released Welcome to JFK debuts at #21.
10) The oddly titled Wondaland Presents: The Eephus (EP) debuts modestly at #22. It’s still good for “Yoga” and being a “Classic Man.”
11) tobyMac claims This Is Not A Test, but his second week numbers suggests otherwise; the album drops 20 spots from 4th to 24th.
12) Pretty sure that “summer hasn’t hurt like a motherf***er” for Maroon 5; Even though they slide from #26 to #28, the pop collective sits at 51 weeks on the BB200.
13) Eazy E indeed …Duz-It reentering the charts at #32.
14) Jill Scott finds herself on the wrong side of commercial success. Woman slips 15 spots from #19 to #34 in week four.
15) Dillon Francis’ “fiery” mixtape – This Mixtape Is Fire – enters quietly at #39.
16) Tyrese’s once electric Black Rose drops 16 spots this week from #27 to #43. Black Rose is only six weeks in.
17) Angels And Alcohol must not mix – that has to be it! Alan Jackson’s latest LP drops 24 spots from #38 to #62.
18) Trey Songz joins his R&B colleagues in steep declines this week; Trigga free falls from #22 to #69.
19) Jason Isbell feels the plummet; Something More Than Free slips from #28 to #81.
20) Tame Impala is truly tame – Currents dips from #61 to #83.
21) Bad second week for country newbie Michael Ray as Michael Ray slips from #21 to #21 for a 71-spot loss.
22) B.o.B has to be floored by his numbers. Psychadelik Thoughtz – a surprise, un-promoted new album from the southern rapper – only musters up a #97 start.
23) The Professional Rapper thing doesn’t seem to be going far for Lil Dicky as three weeks in, it has slid from #7 to #84 to #104.
24) Not to pick on Miguel but you would’ve though Wildheart would have garnered more support. This week, the slide continues from #83 to #111.
25) Mac DeMarco spends week two 111 spots lower than he did week one – #25 to #136. Oh well!