Despite a quiet release week, the Billboard 200 turned out to be compelling nonetheless thanks to the rise of Chris Stapleton. Country dominated the top three – a clear departure as of late – while numerous other artists/albums are underperforming without question. Those takeaways and more to check out this week!
1) After winning three awards at the CMAs and a much talked about performance, little known country singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton sees his debut album Traveller reenter the Billboard 200 at #1.
2) Carrie Underwood spends a second week in the runner up spot with Storyteller. Likely, the ascent of Traveller kept Underwood’s Storyteller from rising to #1 despite loss in impact/sales.
3) Eric Church makes the top three of the Billboard 200 a country fest as his surprise album Mr. Misunderstood lands at #3 with respectable numbers.
4) Two compilations enter the Billboard 200 top 10: Now 56 at #4 and We Love Disney at #8. While Now 56 fared better at fourth, even its sales are so-so at best.
5) 5 Seconds of Summer’s Sounds Good Feels Good slips from #1 to #7, taking quite a massive drop in impact/sales.
6) Def Leppard close out the top 10 as Def Leppard debuts at #10.
7) Taylor Swift sees her 1989 slip four spots this week from #7 to #11.
8) The Neighbourhood fair better with sophomore album Wiped Out!, which debuts at #13.
9) Country newcomer Chris Janson earns a top 20 debut as Buy Me A Boat bows at #18.
10) Pentatonix’s self-titled effort slips 14 spots from #8 to #22 in its third week on the charts.
11) Demi Lovato’s Confident continues to lose any semblance of confidence, sliding from #13 to #24 in just three short weeks.
12) After debuting at #33, Sam Hunt’s Between The Pines: Acoustic Mixtape moves up two spots this week to #31.
13) Lalah Hathaway’s Live debuts at #33, not too shabby considering how underrated the adult contemporary R&B singer is.
14) Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience reenters the charts at #38. Yep, he can thank that CMAs performance with Chris Stapleton.
15) After debuting at #10, Andrea Bocelli’s Cinema drops 30 spots to #44 in week two.
16) After a modest debut at #20, Rod Stewart’s Another Country slides 28 spots to #48.
17) Ryan Adams’ cover album 1989 improves from #139 to #51. That’s an 88 spot improvement!
18) Can you say flop? DJ Khaled’s I Changed A Lot fell 60 spots in week two from #12 to #72.
19) Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has a horrid week, freefalling from #46 to #80. At least it’s been on the charts 34 weeks.
20) Machine Gun Kelly’s sophomore album General Admission drops even more than Kendrick’s and without the robust amount of weeks on the chart. General Admission slips from #34 to #81 – that’s just shy of a 50 spot drop!
21) Keeping it rap, Mac Miller continues to underperform with GO:OD AM, which drops another 21 spots from #66 to #87 in only seven short weeks.
22) Speaking of folks who arrived the same week as Mac Miller, Lana Del Rey also hasn’t performed up to snuff either with Honeymoon. This week, the set slips 27 spots from #70 to #96.
23) While it’s never bad to be a Christian, it’s not always easy being a contemporary Christian artist – in regards to sales that is. Chris Tomlin’s Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship dropped 73 spots from #31 to #104.
24) Few folks cared about the Fall Out Boy remix album Make America Psycho Again; the set debuts quietly at #107.
25) Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s bluegrass album So Familiar expectedly didn’t burn up the charts. So Familiar landed at #126.