25 Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Beats Demi Lovato For Top Spot


Pentatonix © RCA 

Ah, there was quite a fight for the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week. Ultimately, the a cappella darlings bested the former Disney pop diva, though neither album exactly set a new precedent for album impact or sales. Those takeaways and more!

1) Pentatonix’s self-titled album of originals won the battle to top the Billboard 200, meaning Demi Lovato’s Confident settled for runner-up.

2) The Weeknd doesn’t seem to be budging much from the top of the charts; it’s #3 this week. Beauty Behind The Madness has already surpassed gold status.

3) Machine Gun Kelly sees his sophomore album General Admission debut at #4. Similarly, 2012 effort Laced Up also landed at #4.

The Game, The Documentary 2.5 © Entertainment One

4) No such luck for a repeat top-five performance for The Game; The Documentary 2.5 debuts much more modestly at #6. The Documentary 2 slid from #2 to #11 in week two.

5) Selena Gomez’s Revival did last just one week, as it slips from #1 to #8 in week two.

6) Coheed and Cambria see The Color Before The Sun debut at #10.

7) Kidz Bop 30 missed the top 10, settling for a modest #12 start. Hmm, Are the Kidz fading?

Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG

8) Janet Jackson falls six more spots this week as Unbreakable slips from #8 to #14 in week three.

BØRNS, Dopamine © Interscope

9) BØRN’s Dopamine debuts at #24. The album itself is sexier than the debut… just saying!

10) Joe Budden takes All Love Lost to #29. Considering it was such a low profile release, a top 30 debut isn’t too shabby.

11) Don Henley’s Cass County ‘drops double’ – it slips from #18 to #36 in week four.

12) Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly improves from #60 to #43 in week 32. Good Kid M.A.A.D City also rebounds from #72 to #55.

13) Despite the success of single “Cheerleader,” newcomer OMI’s debut album Me 4 U only mustered up a #51 debut.

R. City, What Dreams Are Made Of © RCA

14) R. City’s debut What Dreams Are Made Of drops 27 spots from #25 to #52.

15) Mac Miller isn’t having his best run. GO:OD AM slips 19 more spots from #34 to #53 after a short five week stay on the charts.

16) Mac Miller isn’t the only artist suffering from lackadaisical sales. Lana Del Rey slips from #39 to #58 in her fifth week in, after starting in promising fashion at #2.

17) Meek Mill hasn’t been the same since throwing Drake under the bus. Dreams Worth More Than Money slips 14 spots from #47 to #61 in week 17.

18) Toby Keith’s 35 MPH Town is going nowhere. In week two, the once popular country singer’s album fell 52 spots from #14 to #66. Another country artist, Jana Kramer, experienced a sharp second week decline as Thirty-One slipped from 10th to 68th.

Tamar Braxton, Calling All Lovers © Epic

19) Poor Tamar Braxton. Despite the awesomeness of Calling All Lovers, it’s a flop. It began at #5, fell 25 spots to #30 in week two, and this week it falls 37 spots to #67.

20) Eclectic/alternative newcomer Raury debuts at #78 with All We Need.

21) Jamie Lawson, who is signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, debuts at #87 with his self-titled album.

Dr. Dre, Compton A Soundtrack © Aftermath:Interscope

22) Dr. Dre’s Compton slips 24 spots from #66 to #90, 11 weeks in.

Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile © Capitol

23) Tori Kelly sees her Unbreakable Smile improve 36 spots from #162 to #126.

24) Miguel’s Wildheart reenters the charts at #132.

25) Avicii’s latest album, Stories, slips 63 spots from #73 to #135. Can you say epic flop?

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