It was another great week for Adele. The same can’t be said for new releases – looking at you R. Kelly. 25 chart takeaways – let’s go!
1) Adele continues to dominate the Billboard 200 with 25 – there’s really no other way to say it. Fourth week at #1, bigger numbers than last week. Also, 21 reenters the top 10 (#14 to #10, 252nd week on the charts).
2) Justin Bieber may not be able to dethrone Adele (who can), but album Purpose is doing well for itself, improving from #3 to #2 this week. Nothing for Bieber to be “Sorry” about here!
3) This week it’s all about rebounds – sound fundamental basketball…err album sales/streams. One Direction’s Made In The A.M. rises from #8 to #4, The Weeknd improves from #10 to #5, while Chris Stapleton’s Traveller moves up three spots from #9 to #6. REBOUNDS!
4) They might have A Head Full of Dreams, but Coldplay’s dreams of remaining in the top 3 have ceased as the album slips from #2 to #7 in its sophomore week.
5) She’s back. Yes, that would be Taylor Swift. 1989. Top 10. Rebound from #12 to #9…Book it. It would take your “Wildest Dreams” to keep Swift from another week in the top 10.
6) Jordan Smith, the newly crowned winner of The Voice sees his collection of vocal performances (The Voice: The Complete Season 9 Collection) debut at #11. Smith’s digital songs are the highest debut on the Billboard 200 this week.
7) Country newcomer Cam sees her debut album Untamed land at #12. Again, it’s victim to poor first week sales and popular albums benefiting from elevated fourth quarter sales/streams.
8) August Alsina’s This Thing Called Life debuts a far cry from the heights of 2014’s Testimony. Alsina settles for a so-so #14 start.
9) R. Kelly’s career seems to be waning… The Buffet becomes the first R. Kelly album to miss the top 10, debuting quietly at #16. If you hadn’t already heard, Kelly DIDN’T experience one of his prouder career moments this week during an interview with HuffPost Live.
10) After debuting fifth place last week, G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out slips to #18.
11) Bryson Tiller’s T R A P S O U L continues to hover around the 20s on the Billboard 200. This week, it sits at #25.
12) Josh Groban’s Stages makes a nice rebound from #40 to #26, 34 weeks in.
13) Horrid second week for Rick Ross. His Black Market plummets from #6 to #33. Supposedly, sales won’t improve, at least at Walmart stores. Black Market was pulled from shelves and online (allegedly). At this rate, Ross won’t have to worry about it “being so lonely at the top” as he won’t be there much longer…
14) Troye Sivan’s sophomore week was even worse than G-Eazy’s or Rick Ross’. Let’s just say that that Blue Neighbourhood grew even bluer as the album slides from #7 to #44. Pretty sure Sivan wasn’t referring to his chart position when he was singing “Talk Me Down.”
15) J. Cole has some longevity on the charts with 2014 Forest Hills Drive as it spends its 54th week there. This week, 2014 Forest Hills Drive sits at #52.
16) 5 Seconds of Summer get a much need boost as Sounds Good Feels Good improves 10 spots from #67 to #57 this week.
17) Logic continues to see The Incredible True Story slide. This week it slips 11 spots from #61 to #72, just five short weeks in.
18) Muse sees Drones improve tremendously from #101 to #74. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the former #1 album, but this week is a victory for sure.
19) Week two finds the Tender Lover – rather The Return of the Tender Lover free falling 40 spots from #39 to #79. BTW for those not in the know, that would be Babyface.
20) Jeremih isn’t batting a 1000 with Late Nights: The Album. It plummets 50 spots from #42 to #92. At least those “Planez” fly high…
21) Grimes’ much-lauded Art Angels reenters the Billboard 200 at #96. Art Angels debuted at #36. This week marks only the album’s third week on the charts.
22) Alabama Shakes’ Grammy-nominated Sound & Color moves up 16 spots from #116 to #100. Now that’s what you call “keeping it 100!”
23) Big Sean may not be “Waaaayyyy up” on the charts anymore, but his Dark Sky Paradise has spent 43 weeks on the charts. This week, Dark Sky Paradise sits at #118.
24) Poor Barrett Baber. He had the lowest debuting collection of the four The Voice finalists (#137). That’s interesting considering he came in third, yet Jeffery Austin bested him (#106).
25) You know, they say folks don’t go to church like they used to. That must be the problem with Jeezy’s Church In These Streets – nobody wanted to hear the gospel. It slips from #89 to #156 after only five weeks on the chart. NOT GOOD…the devil must be lurking…