25 Chart Takeaways: David Bowie’s First No. 1 Album  


David Bowie, Blackstar © Columbia

The world lost a musical visionary in David Bowie. On the Billboard 200, specifically the “number one spot” Bowie’s legacy lives on with his first ever chart topper. As bittersweet as that takeaway is, there are 24 more takeaways to go with it!

1) David Bowie posthumously scores his first #1 album with Blackstar, which is a fantastic album to say the least.   Bowie’s previous high on the Billboard 200 came just one album previously, as The Next Day landed in the runner-up spot.

2) Adele’s reign atop the Billboard 200 ended at seven consecutive weeks as 25 slips to #2 in its eighth charting week. The question on everybody’s mind: is Adele done? Probably not and the numbers confirm such.

3) Who’s been trailing Adele consistently? Justin Bieber, and he continues to sit one spot behind her on the charts. Purpose falls from runner-up to third place inline with 25’s slippage from first to second. Purpose like 25 remains impactful in the numbers department.

4) Blackstar isn’t the only Bowie album in the top 10 following his death. Best Of Bowie completely reenters the Billboard 200 at a new charting high – #4.

5) Bryson Tiller’s TRAPSOUL continues to rise, spending its third week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. TRAPSOUL rises from #9 to #8 in its 16th week overall.

6) G-Eazy reenters the top 10 of the chart as When It’s Dark Out rises from #13 to #9 six weeks in.

7) One Direction drops out of the top 10 for the first time. Made In The A.M. falls from #6 to #12.

8) J. Cole sees his 2014 Forest Hills Drive improve 15 spots from #31 to #16 in its 58th week on the chart.

9) Rachel Platten’s Wildfire slips 13 spots from #5 to #18 in its second week on the BB200.

10) David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars just misses the top 20 at #21. This marks the set’s highest peak position and the third Bowie album on the Billboard 200 this week.

11) The ChainsmokersBouquet EP moves up 10 spots from #41 to #31.

12) Hamilton: An American Musical rises seven spots from #40 to #33 in its 16th week on the charts.

13) The soundtrack to Straight Outta Compton quietly enters onto the Billboard 200 at #39. The film itself was available for purchase this week beginning Tuesday (January 19).

14) Michael Jackson’s Number Ones reenter the charts at #49.

15) Definitely not “Rose Gold” for Pentatonix this week as their self-title album slips 15 spots from #35 to #50. Ouch!

16) Mike Stud’s These Days debuts rather unremarkably at #58. That said it wasn’t highly promoted either so…

17) Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album rises 15 spots from #75 to #60.

18) Rhiannon Giddens sees her album Tomorrow Is My Turn reenter the charts at #83. Tomorrow Is My Turn only spends its second week on the BB200 with this reentry.

19) Rick RossBlack Market continues to free-fall. The set slips 21 spots from #74 to #95 in only six weeks on the charts.

20) Old Dominion’s debut album Meat And Candy improves from #120 to #100 in its 10th week on the charts.

21) Ty Dolla $ign sees a slight improvement in his chart stock – Free TC jumps 11 spots from #117 to #106.

22) R. Kelly continues to sell tepidly. The Buffet drops from #88 to #116 in week five. This is by far Kelly’s poorest selling album.

23) Walk The Moon’s Talking Is Hard drops 60 spots from #89 to #149 in week 56 on the charts.

24) August Alsina’s This Thing Called Life slips 42 spots from #111 to #153 in only 5 short weeks on the chart.

25) Grizfolk’s Waking Up The Giants debuts quietly in the lower quarter of the chart at #163.


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