25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Takes ‘Illuminate’ To No. 1


To reiterate the expected, Shawn Mendes easily debuts no. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Even with a number of new releases arriving September 23, Mendes’ Illuminate was a lock to take the chart crown.  Given his success, Mendes is the center of the biggest story of the Billboard 200, dated October 15, 2016.  Still, there are plenty of other storylines worth reading and analyzing.  Don’t get it twisted though…Shawn’s the man!


  1. Shawn Mendes rules the roost. Illuminate easily debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.


  1. After reclaiming the throne for a 13th time last week, Drake (Views) finds himself at no. 2.



  1. Luke Bryan scores the chart’s second highest debut with Farm Tour: There’s to the Farmer. The EP lands at no. 4.


  1. Bruce Springsteen returns to the top five of the Billboard 200 with compilation Chapter And Verse (no. 5).


  1. Crowder (American Prodigal) debuts at no. 12.


  1. My Chemical Romance sees a gargantuan sales gain with the release of a 10th anniversary edition of The Black Parade. The Black Parade ascends 129 spots from no. 143 to no. 14. When originally released in 2006, The Black Parade debuted at no. 2.



  1. Maxwell finally got some good news – commercially. blackSUMMERS’night re-enters the Billboard 200 at no. 19. This marks only the set’s ninth charting week.  Despite subpar sales, blackSUMMERS’night was another fantastic project from the R&B artist.


  1. Usher clings onto a spot in the top 20 as Hard II Love slips 15 spots from no. 5 to no. 20.



  1. Every Time I Die sees new album Low Teens debut at no. 23.



  1. Ty Dolla $ign’s newest project, mixtape Campaign, debuts quietly at no. 28.


  1. Broadway actress and pop vocalist Idina Menzel sees her newest album Idina. debut modestly at no. 29. She may be the “Queen of Swords” but she’s not the queen of the charts…


  1. Mac Miller plummets in his sophomore week. The Divine Feminine drops from no. 2 to no. 30. Ouch!



  1. The Trolls soundtrack starts at no. 33 on the Billboard 200.


  1. Kristen Chenoweth debuts The Art of Elegance at no. 36. The numbers are not-so-elegant.


  1. Legendary band Kansas returns to the Billboard 200 with comeback album The Prelude Implicit. The Prelude Implicit debuts at no. 41.



  1. Aaron Lewis outperformed Usher on last week’s chart with Sinner (no. 4). This week, it’s depreciation is much greater than the R&B artists, slipping from no. 4 to no. 43.


  1. Live At The Greek Theatre, the latest live project from Joe Bonamassa, debuts at no. 48.


  1. Aaron Lewis has a crappy week. Casting Crowns’ was worst. After The Very Next Thing debuted at no. 9 last week, it free falls to no. 56 this week.


  1. Kentucky country musician Dwight Yoakam returns to the Billboard 200 with Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…which debuts at no. 62.



  1. Passenger starts at no. 70 with Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea.



  1. Danny Brown (Atrocity Exhibition) stars at no. 77.



  1. Bastille continues to plummet. Wild World slides from no. 43 to no. 92 in its third charting week. Such an awesome album doesn’t deserve such abysmal numbers.



  1. Britney SpearsGlory is a bomb. Glory slides from no. 66 to no. 103 in its fourth charting week.


  1. Warpaint (Heads Up) debuts modestly at no. 129.



  1. Hamilton Leihauser + Rostam hopefully didn’t have too many grandiose dreams about chart success. I Had A Dream That You Were Mine debuts at no. 141.

Publishing Note: An expanded version of 25 Chart Takeaways – BB Grooves – is published weekly on Wednesdays on The Musical Hype.

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