Prince Returns To Top of the Billboard 200 Posthumously (25 Chart Takeaways)


The biggest winner of the Billboard 200 this week is clearly the late, great Prince. Prince tops the Billboard 200 taking over both no. 1 and no. 2, along with several of his albums re-entering the BB200. Other winners on this week’s charts include Sturgill Simpson and Santana. Some losers include Music Soulchild, TWENTY88, and Deftones. Here are 25 chart takeaways!

1) Following his sudden death, Prince sees two of his albums re-enter the Billboard 200 at nos. 1 and 2 respectively: The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain. The Hits/The B-Sides also re-enters the top 10 at no. 6.

2) Sturgill Simpson claims the highest debut on the BB200 as Sailor’s Guide To Earth lands at no. 3.

3) Santana returns with its original lineup. It was good enough to take Santana IV to no. 5.

4) Kanye West spends a third week in the top 10 as The Life Of Pablo slips from no. 4 to no. 8.

5) After topping the charts last week, The Lumineers’ Cleopatra slips to no. 9.

6) Adele’s 25 slips out of the top 10 for the first time in its 22-week run. Adele slips from no. 9 to no. 12.

7) In addition to Adele’s fall from the top 10, Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface), Lukas Graham (Lukas Graham), and Zayn (Mind Of Mine) also drop out, sitting at nos. 11, 14, and 15 respectively.

8) After 30 weeks in, Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut improves three spots to re-enter the top 20 (no. 22 to no. 19).

9) Royce Da 5’9” sees his quietly released Layers debut at no. 22. Right behind him, Ace Frehley sees Origins, Vol. 1 land at no. 23.

10) Musiq Soulchild’s first solo album in five years debuts modestly on the charts. Life On Earth starts at no. 27. OUCH!

11) Prince’s classic 1999 re-enters the charts at no. 31.

12) The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death makes a 130-spot jump from no. 162 to no. 32 in its 84th week on the charts.

13) It doesn’t get much worse than Deftones’ sophomore week with latest album Gore. In other words, Gore’s second week sales were “bloody” awful! The album tumbles from no. 2 to no. 40!

14) In its third week, TWENTY88 slides 22 spots from no. 33 to no. 55.

15) PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project debuts modestly at no. 63.

16) After a horrid third week, K. Michelle remains steady in her fourth week as More Issues Than Vogue sits at no. 74.

17) Wiz Khalifa sees his underperforming Khalifa improve 101 spots from no. 177 to no. 76.

18) J Dilla’s posthumous album The Diary dents the charts at no. 77.

19) Graham Nash’s This Path Tonight starts at no. 93. Yeah, this one’s going nowhere!

20) Bonnie Raitt’s Dig In Deep re-enters the charts at no. 100, marking just her seventh week on the charts.

21) Otep’s Generation Doom definitely doesn’t light up the charts, settling for a horrid no. 109 start.

22) In it’s third week, Weezer’s Weezer (The White Album) drops 62 spots from no. 51 to no. 113.

23) Anthony Hamilton’s What I’m Feelin’ continues to slide down the charts, dropping from no. 100 to no. 131 in week four.

24) Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece slips from no. 79 to no. 144 in its 34th week.

25) Marie Osmond barely secures a spot on the Billboard 200 as Music Is Medicine debuts tepidly at no. 189.

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One comment

  1. trips me out, these record companys are pimps big time, you don’t mean to tell me that you gotta die when you have impact already to sell records? shows how fake and phony the business is, because all those albums been their and just now folks got a clue who prince is and was? same with MJ,whitney,etc.. its one thing when Pac and Biggie died, but you talking about artists with eras,decades and timeless work. one thing it also proves and shows that while you have a decent newer acts and albums, old school can’t be beat or touched. turkeys all up in arms over the fakery soap opera of Beyonce and Jay Z. tell you something natalie cole made material where Beyonce and Jay Z outta be working at a real lemonade stand. big difference at what folks accept now as to back in the day

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