Dierks Bentley Takes ‘Black’ To No. 2, Drake Still Tops (25 Chart Takeaways)


25 Chart Takeaways is a column that examines 25 of biggest stories of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart weekly. 

It seems that Dierks Bentley is in the same predicament as Ariana Grande last week.  Dierks Bentley takes Black to no. 2, but finds himself stuck behind Drake’s juggernaut Views.  Interestingly, Bentley outsold Drake by a country mile, but Drake’s killing the streaming game.  But it’s not only the Drake-Dierks show – there are 23 more chart takeaways to go along with Drake and Dierks’ chart stories, dated June 18, 2016.

Drake, Views © Cash Money

1) Drake is unstoppable.  Views has yet to leave the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.  Interestingly, most of Drake’s catalogue sees an improvement in peak position with What A Time To Be Alive (with Future) being the exception (slips from no. 39 to no. 41).

2) Dierks Bentley’s Black lands at no. 2, the country singer’s best showing on the Billboard 200.  Too bad that albums sales couldn’t propel him to the no. 1 spot – oh wait, he sold more than anybody else this week…

3) Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 debuts respectably at no. 4.  Even though it debuted in fourth place, 7/27 still managed to outsell Drake’s Views.

4) Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest slips two spots from no. 3 to no. 5 in its second week on the charts.

5) Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman slides from no. 2 to no. 6 in its second week on the charts.

6) Electronic music producer Flume’s Skin debuts at no. 8.

Kevin Gates, Islah © Bread Winners’ Association/Atlantic

7) Kevin GatesMurder for Hire II enters at no. 12 on the Billboard 200.  This marks Gates’ second charting effort this year following the no. 2 bow of Islah.  Currently, Islah sits at no. 19 in its 18th week.

8) The MonkeesGood Times! Starts at no. 14, followed by Thrice’s To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere at no. 15.

The Very Best of Prince © Rhino

9) Prince still represents the top 20 as The Very Best of Prince slips four spots from no. 12 to no. 16.  The next closes Prince album, Purple Rain, slides from no. 32 to no. 38.

10) Catfish And The Bottlemen’s The Ride enters quietly at no. 28.  Likewise, Lacuna Coil’s Delirium also starts its chart life modestly at no. 33.

11) Eric Clapton’s I Still Do certainly can’t hold on to its top-10 status. Clapton’s latest album dips 23 spots in week two, falling from no. 6 to no. 29.

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book © Chance The Rapper

12) Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book continues to lose some steam, falling 15 spots from no. 17 to no. 32 in week three.

13) Perhaps the heavy innuendo of Zayn’s “Pillotalk” and album Mind of Mine are wearing off.  This week, Mind of Mine slipped nine spots from no. 35 to no. 44 in its 10th charting week.

14) It’s better news for another pop artist. Selena Gomez sees a “revival” of her album Revival (see how I did that?).  The LP ascends 13 spots from no. 58 to no. 45 in its 34th charting week.

15) Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album has been a quiet selling affair.  This week, the set improves seven spots from no. 65 to no. 58, amazingly its 26th week on the charts.  Late Nights peaked modestly at no. 42.

Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered. © Aftermath/Interscope

16) Kendrick Lamar sees Untitled Unmastered improve 70 spots from no. 134 to no. 64 in its 13th week on the charts.

17) Ro JamesEldorado debuts at no. 71.  Yeah, that’s pretty crappy.  Problem is, Eldorado wasn’t widely available, at least in Kentucky…

18) Day-um Bob Dylan! Fallen Angels definitely “fell” this week.  Dylan’s latest album dropped a staggering 75 spots from no. 7 to no. 82.  To quote Panic! At The Disco’s “Nicotine,” “it’s a f*cking drag.”  Indeed!

Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool © XL Recordings

19) Radiohead didn’t have a much better week than Bob Dylan.  A Moon Shaped Pool slipped 47 spots from no. 36 to no. 83 in week four.

20) Logic has had some chart staying power with The Incredible True Story, even if it hasn’t been a ‘magnificent’ seller to say the least.  This week, the set improves 72 spots from no. 164 to no. 92.  The Incredible True Story has now charted 29 weeks.

21) In the midst of a bad chart run, A$AP Ferg manages to see a week of gains with Always Strive and Prosper.  The set improves 12 spots from no. 123 to no. 111.

22) Lil Uzi Vert’s Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World debuts modestly at no. 122.  A shame that such a colorful album title with such colorful album artwork started so tepidly.

K. Michelle, More Issues Than Vogue © Atlantic

23) K. Michelle’s More Issues Than Vogue re-enters the charts at no. 129 marking only its seventh charting week.

24) Has it been mentioned that Gwen Stefani has had a bad chart run with This Is What The Truth Feels Like? Perhaps it would’ve been better had Gwen lied as Truth slips from no. 82 to no. 133 in only week 11.

25) Robert Glasper’s Miles Davis tribute album Everything’s Beautiful unfortunately couldn’t muster up a beautiful start on the charts.  Everything’s Beautiful settled for no. 152.  OUCH! That’s a pretty “ugly” start!

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Heart Speaks in Whispers © Virgin

BONUS: Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Heart Speaks In Whispers slides from no. 127 to no. 199 in week three. It’s been a bad run for CBR.

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