The Weeknd is unstoppable on the Billboard 200. Leona Lewis and Prince also debut with new albums, though unimpressively. Here’s this week’s 25 chart takeaways y’all!
1) The Weeknd spends his third consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 with Beauty Behind The Madness.
2) Bring Me The Horizon debuts in the runner up spot with That’s The Spirit.
3) Brett Eldredge comes up – sophomore album Illinois debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200.
4) Brett Eldredge just edges out Slayer, whose latest album Repentless starts at #4. Interestingly, Repentless outsold Illinois (pure sales) according to Billboard.
5) Five Finger Death Punch slip from the runner up spot to #7 with Got Your Six. Last week, FFDP had the week’s bestselling album.
6) Gary Clark Jr.’s The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim debuts at #8. Though it is transcendent of the blues, that’s a sound start for an album bearing that characterization.
7) Duran Duran’s Paper Gods is the final debut of the top 10 at #10.
8) Travi$ Scott’s Rodeo falls 10 spots from #3 to #13 two weeks in. Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls also drops 10 spots from #4 to #14. Go figure!
9) Jay Rock lands at #16 with 90059. Not bad for an under the radar release.
10) Dr. Dre’s Compton drops out of the top 20, slipping from 15th to 23rd six weeks in.
11) British pop newcomer Jess Glynne sees her album I Cry When I Laugh debut at #25.
12) Jewel released an album. Apparently, few people cared, knew or about it, or bought it. Picking Up The Pieces opened at #28.
13) Leona Lewis has lost her commercial luster. I Am debuts tepidly at #38 – OUCH!
14) Troye Sivan’s WILD (EP) had an abysmal second week, dropping from #5 to #45.
15) SoMo’s My Life II debuts quietly at #50.
16) Tori Kelly’s debut album Unbreakable Smile slipped 32 spots from #30 to #62 13 weeks in.
17) Prince’s HITnRUN: Phase One both arrived and debuted with little fanfare. The surprise LP only mustered a 70th place start.
18) Total Depression Cherry! Beach House’s latest album slips 44 spots from #50 to #94.
19) Miguel gets minor good news – Wildheart jumps from #166 to #118.
20) Kip Moore’s Wild Ones slides from #75 to 126. That’s a 51 spot drop just four weeks in.
21) Jill Scott continues to see her Woman drop down the charts. She slides 17 spots from #117 to #134. Woman has only been on the charts for eight weeks.
22) Carly Rae Jepsen’s album has gone nowhere. E*MO*TION drops from #104 to #147 just four weeks in.
23) Tame Impala’s Currents slides from #103 to #152. Currents has been on the charts just nine weeks.
24) Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material improves from #182 to #165.
25) Alan Jackson continues to slide. Angels And Alcohol slips from #135 to #169, only nine weeks in.