Was there ever any doubt that Janet Jackson would debut atop the Billboard 200 with her comeback album? Nah! Janet Jackson is the main attraction, but there are more takeaways to be taken from this week’s chart! Here goes nothing!
1) Janet Jackson scored a seventh number one album with Unbreakable. Sure, the numbers don’t compare to her past triumphs, but Jackson still sold six-figures. You go girl!
2) The ‘beauty’ is real for The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness moves up three spots from #5 to #2.
3) What about Tamar Braxton – didn’t she drop that new album Calling All Lovers? Indeed she did, but Calling All Lovers settled for a #5 start and sold considerably less than 2013’s Love & War.
4) Backtracking a couple of spots, it should be noted that the top five of the Billboard 200 is comprised of all urban efforts – three R&B albums (Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, and Tamar Braxton) and two hip-hop albums (Drake & Future’s What A Time To Be Alive at #3 and Fetty Wap’s Fetty Wap at #4).
5) Not a bad second week for Thomas Rhett. Tangled Up drops just one spot from #6 to #7. Interestingly, he sits ahead of two albums that debuted higher last week – George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation (drops from #4 to #8) and Don Henley’s Cass County (drops from #3 to #10).
6) Clutch misses the top 10 with latest album Psychic Warfare, which lands at #11.
7) Sevendust lands at #13 with latest effort, Kill The Flaw.
8) There’s something about Shawn Mendes – oh it’s got to be those “Stitches” fueling his debut album’s (Handwritten) nine-point gain from 24th to 15th.
9) Avicii performs only so-so with sophomore album Stories. He settles for a #17 start.
10) Trivium earns the final debut of the top 20 – Silence In The Snow bows at #19.
11) Bryson Tiller sees his debut album T R A P S O U L drop 10 spots from #11 to #21 in week two.
12) Three new albums grace the top 30 – Collective Soul’s See What You Started By Continuing (#25), Queensrÿche’s Condition Human (#27), and The Winery Dog’s Hot Streak (#30).
13) Mac Miller’s GO:OD AM isn’t going too far – this week the album drops from #18 to #28 just three weeks in.
14) Bad second weeks for both CHVRCHES and Disclosure. Respective albums Every Open Eye and Caracal slip 29 spots from #8 to #37 and #9 to #38. Ouch!
15) Matt Nathanson shows those fangs at #43… well not really, but 43rd is where Show Me Your Fangs starts.
16) Eagles of Death Metal’s Zipper Down debuts modestly at #59.
17) Dr. Dre and Compton seem to have lost a lot of traction where sales are concerned – it slips from #50 to #66 nine weeks in.
18) Talk about a horrid second week. The Dead Weather plummets from #10 to #83 with Dodge And Burn.
19) Children Of Bodom debut at #92 with I Worship Chaos.
20) Muse’s Drones reenters the Billboard 200 at #95, marking only its eighth week on the chart.
21) Tyrese rebounds a little…Black Rose improves from #138 to #123, 13 weeks in.
22) Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful drops 60 spots from #97 to #157, 19 weeks in.
23) Andy Mineo’s Uncomfortable drops 72 spots from #86 to #158 in just three weeks.
24) Troye Sivan drops an unkind 60 spots with WILD (#100 to #160).
25) A short two weeks on the chart, Kaskade drops from #25 to #164 with latest album Automatic. For you mathematicians, that’s a 135 spot drop!