25 Chart Takeaways: Chris Stapleton Spends Second Week At No. 1  

Chris Stapleton, Traveller © Mercury

It’s a good week to be Chris Stapleton…again. It’s a bad week to be Cee Lo Green – see why at #25. 25 Chart Takeaways, you know the drill!

1) Chris Stapleton spends a second week atop the Billboard 200 with his lauded debut album, Traveller.

2) Eric Church moves up one spot from #3 to #2, despite Mr. Misunderstood losing support as opposed to gaining. Go figure!

3) Ellie Goulding has the best debut of her career with Delirium, though the #3 peak is a bit misleading. Despite debuting third, the numbers for Delirium are so-so at best.

4) Tim McGraw doesn’t seem to have top-three magic anymore; Damn Country Music settled for a mediocre start at #5.

5) The Beatles return to the top ten with the reissue of greatest hits compilation 1, reaching #6.

6) Sara Bareilles barely earns another top ten album. Barely is good enough as What’s inside: Songs From Waitress debuts at #10.

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour- Drowning Shadows Edition © Capitol

7) Sam Smith improves 32 spots from #43 to #11 with his rereleased version of In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition).

8) For Little Mix, third time is NOT charm. Third album Get Weird debuts modestly at #13.

9) For a second consecutive week, Taylor Swift misses the top 10. *GASPS* 1989 drops from #11 to #14 in its 55th week on the charts.

10) Country newbies Old Dominion take debut album Meat And Candy to #16 – not too shabby considering they’re ‘up and coming.’

11) Pentatonix’s platinum-certified Christmas album, That’s Christmas To Me, moves up 21 spots from #40 to #19. While the 15 weeks it’s been on the chart is deceptive, holiday albums only impact during a portion of the fourth quarter in which they are released.

12) 5 Seconds Of Summer appear to be losing support quickly. Sounds Good Feels Good slips from #7 to #26 only three short weeks in.

13) Josh Abbot Band impacts the chart modestly at #39 with Front Seat.

14) Seal likely wishes he could return to his prime as latest album 7 only mustered up a #45 debut.

Chris Tomlin, Adore- Christmas Songs Of Worship © sixstepsrecords

15) After dropping significantly in week two, Chris Tomlin’s Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship rebounds from #104 to #50.

We Love Disney © Verve

16) We Love Disney had an awful second week, slipping 44 spots from #8 to #52.

17) Contemporary gospel musician Deitrick Haddon sees his latest effort, Masterpiece, debut at #57.

Angie Stone, Dream © Shanachie

18) Angie Stone’s first album for Shanachie Records, Dream, debuts at #59. That’s a better peak position than Stone’s previous two albums by a mile (#133 and #109 respectfully).

Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG

19) Janet Jackson drops 39 spots from #36 to #75 after just six short weeks on the Billboard 200. OUCH J!

20) Talk about being Wiped Out! The Neighbourhood’s sophomore album free falls from #13 to #84 in week two. Hmm, maybe the song shouldn’t be “R.I.P. 2 My Youth” but rather to my albums sales/longevity.

21) Despite his heartthrob status – those dimples though! – Hunter Hayes can’t muster up much support for 21 Project. It debuts at #93.

22) Call Rod Stewart’s sales for Another Country what they are – an EPIC FAIL to the nth degree. Another Country drops from #48 to #114 after three unimpressive weeks on the charts.

23) The Spectre Soundtrack debuts at #120.

24) Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 slides 87 spots from #51 to #138.

25) This one’s not even on the chart. Cee Lo Green’s Heart Blanche FAILS TO CHART. WOW!

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