25 Chart Takeaways: The Weeknd Tops The Billboard 200

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness © Republic

The Weeknd was destined to break through, right? Right! He takes two spots in this week’s 25 Chart Takeaways. Don’t fret though – there are still 23 more takeaways to read!

1) Unsurprisingly for anyone who’s kept up with pop culture as of late, ubiquitous R&B artist The Weeknd debuted BIG atop the Billboard 200 with his sophomore studio album, Beauty Behind The Madness. It was no competition for that “number one spot” to quote Ludacris.

2) Though there was no competition for numero uno, Halsey did some work for herself, debuting in the runner-up spot with Badlands. She’s not a big name, but the numbers don’t lie – there’s something there!

Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights © Capitol Nashville (2)

3) Talk about some staying power, both Luke Bryan and Dr. Dre remain firmly planted in the top five of the Billboard 200. Kill The Lights resides at #3 this week (down one spot), while Compton resides at #5 (down two spots).

4) You’ve got to start somewhere so why not Start Here? Country duo Maddie & Tae start at #7 with their debut album.

5) No need to be depressed Beach House – at least not much. Depression Cherry starts at #8.

6) Ben Rector has to be one happy singer/songwriter right now. Brand New opens in ninth place – not to shabby for an independent artist who isn’t a household name.

Disturbed, Immortalized © Reprise

7) After scoring a fifth number one album, Disturbed find their Immortalized falling nine spots from #1 to #10. Yep – definitely NOT immortal

8) Tori Kelly finally scores a come-up! Unbreakable Smile improves 36 spots from #53 to #17 after 11 weeks on the chart.

9) Progress Report: Drake is still > than Meek Mill…in chart performance. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late sits at #14, while Dreams Worth More Than Money settles for #26.

10) Skrillex and Diplo see their Jack Ü improve from #49 to #30 – a 19-spot improvement.

11) Alessia Cara sees her debut EP Four Pink Walls fly up the charts from #74 to #31 in week two.

12) Motorhead’s Bad Magic enters the BB200 at #35.

13) The Weeknd’s Trilogy – a compilation effort comprising of The Weeknd’s three mixtapes – improves from #62 to #37 thanks to the release of Beauty Behind The Madness. This marks the 79th week for the effort on the charts. Kiss Land reenters the charts at #191.

14) No matter how “wild” he may be Kip Moore seems to lack, um sales. Wild Ones drops from #4 to #39 in week two.

Josh Groban, Stages © Reprise

15) Josh Groban sees Stages ascend from #117 to #54 after spending 19 weeks on the chart.

16) Rob Thomas has had more success than The Great Unknown. The album slips from #6 to #55 in week two.

Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall © Buskin/Warner Bros

17) What a shame! Andra Day’s fine debut album Cheers To The Fall settles for a modest debut at #61.

18) Carly Rae Jepsen continues to underperform as E•MO•TION slips from #16 to #64 in only week two.

19) Iration’s Hotting Up debuts quietly at #79. ‘Course, who really even knows who Iration is? – A select few.

Tyrese, Black Rose © Voltron Recordz

20) Tyrese was able to stop the bleeding for album Black Rose, improving from #50 to #46 this week (eight week on the charts). Jill Scott on the other hand went the adverse direction with Woman, dropping from #51 to #84 in just week six!

21) Ghost did not have a great week. Meliora slipped 114 spots from #8 to #122. Geez!

22) Alan Jackson seems to lose support with each week. Angels and Alcohol drops 28 more spots from #96 to #124. Seven weeks ago, it debuted at #5.

James Taylor, Before This World © Concord

23) He may have scored his first number one album, but James Taylor’s Before This World had to reenter the BB200 at #130 this week, just it’s 11th week.

24) Epic fail: Bullet For My Valentine continues to see Venom go nowhere. The album slips from #65 to #140 in its third week on the charts.

Michael Ray © Warner Nashville

25) Looks like Michael Ray is on his way out…of the Billboard 200 that is! Michael Ray drops from #119 to #197. Horrid!

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