Number one belongs to 5 Seconds of Summer – surprise? No. What if you throw Carrie Underwood’s name in the mix for no. 1, does that make it more of a surprise. Yes. Ultimately, 5SOS Bests Carrie Underwood for top honors on the Billboard 200. That and 24 more takeaways from this week’s chart!
1) 5 Seconds of Summer make it two #1 albums in a row as Sounds Good Feels Good bows atop the Billboard 200. 5SOS outpace established country artist Carrie Underwood in the process.
2) #2 isn’t bad – Underwood’s Storyteller settles for the runner-up spot.
3) The Weeknd is having the best year of his career. Beauty Behind The Madness stays put at #3 in week nine. Fetty Wap isn’t doing bad for himself either, moving up one spot from #5 to #4.
4) Blake Shelton can make buzz even when he’s not dropping a new studio album. Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits debuts at #5.
5) Pentatonix’s self-titled album slides from #1 to #8 in week two.
6) Andrea Bocelli claims another top 10 album as Cinema starts at #10.
7) Adele’s diamond-certified 21 improves 68 spots from #79 to #11, marking its 245th week on the Billboard 200. Adele’s debut album 19 also has a great week, reentering the chart at #36, marking its 189th week.
8) Arguably his quietest release, DJ Khaled’s I Changed A Lot settles for an unremarkable #12 start.
9) Not so Confident this week, Demi Lovato’s fifth studio album slides 11 spots from #2 to #13.
10) Rod Stewart doesn’t seem to have that same sales magic he once did. Another Country settles for a #20 bow.
11) Bryson Tiller sees his T R A P S O U L continue to hang right around the top 20/top 30 of the Billboard 200. This week, the album improves from #28 to #21.
12) The Game is clearly fading. The Documentary 2 drops 16 spots from #11 to #27, while the younger The Documentary 2.5 slips 23 spots from #6 to #29.
13) Chris Tomlin sees Christmas album, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worships debuts at #31.
14) Sam Hunt’s mixtape (country artists release mixtapes?) Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape, debuts at #33.
15) After a respectable debut at #4 last week, Machine Gun Kelly sees his sophomore album General Admission slip 30 spots to #34.
16) Janet Jackson takes a mighty tumble as Unbreakable drops 27 spots from #14 to #41, just four short weeks in.
17) Harry Connick, Jr.’s latest album, That Would Be Me, quietly lands on the chart at #47.
18) Marianas Trench debut at #53 with latest album, Astoria. Hmm, #53 doesn’t yield major level swag – or numbers!
19) Dropping 50 spots is never a good thing. Just ask Coheed and Cambria, whose The Color Before The Sun free falls from #10 to #61.
20) Not much of a Honeymoon for Lana Del Rey as the album continues to drop, this time 12 more spots from #58 to #70 in only six weeks.
21) Despite how awesome BØRNS’ debut Dopamine is, the album slipped 68 spots from #24 to #91 in only two weeks.
22) No lovers came when Tamar Braxton called – Calling All Lovers dips from #67 to #103 after just four weeks.
23) Not to pick on Toby Keith, but would he have been better off NOT releasing his flop of an album 35 MPH Town? In just three weeks the album has sat at #14, #66, and this week #144. That’s a 78 spot drop this week!
24) Tyrese’s Black Rose improves 28 spots from #175 to #147.
25) Avicii continued his drop this week – and no not a bass drop! Stories slipped another 51 spots from #135 to #186.