25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Sells Over 3 Million, Easily Debuts At No. 1


Adele, 25 © Columbia

To no one’s shock, Adele debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 25. Would anyone else come close? No. That and 24 other takeaways from this week’s Billboard 200!

1) Adele commanding debuts at no. 1 with third album 25. 25 sold well over 3 million copies, become the first album EVER to do so. As Billboard tells it, Adele might sell another million in her second week!

2) After an awesome first week, Justin Bieber slips just one spot from #1 to #2 with Purpose. Had Adele not rewritten history, J.B. would’ve easily remained atop the Billboard 200.

3) One Direction’s #2 debut last week wasn’t disappointing per se, but the numbers weren’t as close to Justin Bieber’s as expected. This week, they aren’t either, but Made In the A.M. slips just one spot to #3.

Jadakiss, Top 5 Dead Or Alive © Def Jam

4) After a 6-year hiatus (where a proper studio album is concerned), Jadakiss returns with Top 5 Dead or Alive at #4.

5) Pentatonix reenter the top 10, but not with latest album Pentatonix. No, Pentatonix’s platinum-certified holiday effort, That’s Christmas To Me improves from #13 to #6 (Pentatonix also improves from #37 to #22).

6) Enya gets in on the top 10 action as her own comeback album, Dark Sky Island debuts at no. 8.

7) Adele gets more love on the Billboard 200 as 21 improves from #25 to #9!

8) Despite rebounding this week, Taylor Swift’s 1989 still remains outside of the top 10 – bounces back from #18 to #11.

9) Shawn Mendes had a great week as Handwritten soars up the charts from #33 to #13.

10) Second time is not charm – Empire’s second soundtrack compilation starts at #16. That’s a far cry from Season 1’s start at #1.

11) Two rap albums take tumbles this week. Jeezy, whose Church In These Streets started at #4 last week slips to #18. Logic, who best Jeezy at #3, slides to #21 in week two.

12) Oh and by the way, everyone knows that Adele has released three studio albums, right? 19 rebounds from #55 to #20.

Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood © Universal Music Group (2)

13) Country music experienced some slippage this week. Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood slips from #12 to #23. Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over drops 21 spots from #5 to #26. Later down the chart, Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music had quite a damnable performance slipping 20 spots from #40 to #60.

14) Alessia Cara sees her debut album Know-It-All drop from #9 to #32 in week two.

15) Kirk Franklin loses some chart steam – Losing My Religion drops 39 spots from #10 to #49.

16) Drops, drops, and more drops. Ty Dolla $ign’s Free TC slipped from #14 to #55 in its second week out.

17) Andy Grammer’s Magazines or Novels reenters the Billboard 200 at #86, thanks to the release of the deluxe edition.

18) Nick Jonas reenters the Billboard 200 at #89, likely thanks to the rerelease of Nick Jonas (2014).

Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG

19) Janet Jackson falls once more – Unbreakable dips 53 spots from #50 to #103. That’s erratic chart performance from JJ.

Sara Bareilles, What's Inside Songs From Waitress © Epic

20) Sara BareillesWhat’s Inside: Songs From Waitress continues to perform horridly, this week dropping 44 spots from #78 to #122.

21) WE the Kings take their Strange Love to a modest #137 start.

22) Kalin And Myles quietly release their self-titled debut album and it quietly debuts at #144. Why no more promo?

Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money © Atlantic

23) The beef with Drake definitely did nothing for Meek Mill’s sales. Dreams Worth More Than Money drops 47 spots from #98 to #145.

Disclosure, Caracal © Island

24) Disclosure haven’t had many bright days on the Billboard 200 and this week is no different. Caracal slips 88 spots from #76 to #164.

Trey Songz, Trigga © Atlantic

25) Trey Songz barely hangs onto the Billboard 200 this week, clinging to #200 with album Trigga.

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