Chart Takeaways: Drake Makes It Eight

For an eighth week, Drake’s Views tops the Billboard 200.  Who’s shocked? No one at this point.  Who’s the victim of Drake’s dominance this time around? Red Hot Chili Peppers, who one would’ve thought could’ve stopped the unstoppable given their funky vibes. Unfortunately, those vibes weren’t enough to claim the top spot.  This week isn’t just about Drake and some Peppers though – there’s many other takeaways where those came from! Furthermore, if the 25 included here don’t tickle your fancy, how about all 45 charting stories covered on The Musical Hype?

  1. Drake’s Views spends an eighth week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. The best way to describe Drake’s commercial mentality with Views? He clearly “kicking ass and taking names.”
  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers simply couldn’t get it done against a formidable opponent. The Getaway debuts soundly at no. 2. The band’s Greatest Hits gets a lift from no. 73 to no. 64.
  1. Radiohead’s A Moon Shape Pool completely re-enters the Billboard 200 at no. 5. According to Billboard, the spike is due to the physical release of the album. Previously, A Moon Shaped Pool was only available digitally.
  1. YG’s sophomore album Still Brazy debuts at no. 6. This is a downgrade from a more robust no. 2 debut that greeted his debut, My Crazy Life.
  1. Mumford & SonsJohannesburg EP lands at no. 9. The EP is collaborative, including artists Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg.
  1. Country singer Jon Pardi sees his latest album California Sunrise debut just outside the top 10 at no. 11.
  1. Wanna see something that’s “epic AF?” We do too because it’s clearly NOT the no. 16 start for the compilation Epic AF.
  1. Nick Jonas has a pretty awful sophomore week with Last Year Was Complicated. The album which debut at no. 2 just like week slips to no. 22 this week.
  1. Gojira’s latest album Magma starts at no. 24. Let the volcano erupt!
  1. The Game’s soundtrack Streets of Compton debuts modestly at no. 25.
  1. Case/Lang/Veirs self-titled album debuts at no. 33.
  1. Thousand Foot Krutch’s Exhale opens at no. 34.
  1. Charlie Puth sees his Nine Track Mind jump 39 spots from no. 83 to no. 44 in its 21st week on the BB200.
  1. Bassnectar just barely nabs a spot within the top 50 of the Billboard 200. Unlimited starts at no. 49.
  1. Poor Jon Bellion. The Human Condition free falls from no. 5 to no. 54. That’s a 49-spot drop after just two weeks on the big board. Shed a tear for the Long Island newbie.
  1. Shed a tear for Maren Morris too. Not too many “hallelujahs” or “Amens” this week as Hero slips 25 spots from no. 30 to no. 55 in just its third week.
  1. Volbeat’s Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie continues to plummet down the charts. This week the set slips 32 spots from no. 38 to no. 70. Seal the Deal has only charted for three weeks.
  1. X Ambassadors’ spike in sales didn’t last long. VHS slips 36 spots this week from no. 46 to no. 82.
  1. Again, there are very few who seem to be Obsessed with Dan + Shay. In week three, the duo slips 25 spots from no. 58 to no. 83.
  1. Treehouse assert I See Stars, but the rock band certainly aren’t the “stars” of the BB200 with a quiet debut at no. 93.
  1. Fitz and the Tantrums can’t be pleased with their second week status. Their self-titled album fell flat in the sales department, slipping 93 spots from no. 17 to no. 110. Yeah, they probably would rather flip the bird as opposed to giving a “HandClap.”
  1. Kaleo performed even worse than Fitz and the Tantrums. A/B, which debuted at no. 16 last week, slipped 98 spots to no. 114.
  1. Sarah Jarosz’s Undercurrent only dents the chart at no. 117.
  1. Now we need to ask Band of Horses a question that they asked: Why Are You OK. Why ask this question? Because their album slipped 134 spots from no. 19 to no. 152
  1. The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem starts at no. 178.

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