Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG

25 Chart Takeaways: Janet Jackson Takes ‘Unbreakable’ To No. 1  


Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG

Was there ever any doubt that Janet Jackson would debut atop the Billboard 200 with her comeback album? Nah! Janet Jackson is the main attraction, but there are more takeaways to be taken from this week’s chart! Here goes nothing!

1) Janet Jackson scored a seventh number one album with Unbreakable. Sure, the numbers don’t compare to her past triumphs, but Jackson still sold six-figures. You go girl!

2) The ‘beauty’ is real for The WeekndBeauty Behind The Madness moves up three spots from #5 to #2.

3) What about Tamar Braxton – didn’t she drop that new album Calling All Lovers? Indeed she did, but Calling All Lovers settled for a #5 start and sold considerably less than 2013’s Love & War.

Fetty Wap © 300 Entertainment

4) Backtracking a couple of spots, it should be noted that the top five of the Billboard 200 is comprised of all urban efforts – three R&B albums (Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, and Tamar Braxton) and two hip-hop albums (Drake & Future’s What A Time To Be Alive at #3 and Fetty Wap’s Fetty Wap at #4).

5) Not a bad second week for Thomas Rhett. Tangled Up drops just one spot from #6 to #7. Interestingly, he sits ahead of two albums that debuted higher last week – George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation (drops from #4 to #8) and Don Henley’s Cass County (drops from #3 to #10).

6) Clutch misses the top 10 with latest album Psychic Warfare, which lands at #11.

7) Sevendust lands at #13 with latest effort, Kill The Flaw.

Shawn Mendes, Handwritten © Island

8) There’s something about Shawn Mendes – oh it’s got to be those “Stitches” fueling his debut album’s (Handwritten) nine-point gain from 24th to 15th.

9) Avicii performs only so-so with sophomore album Stories. He settles for a #17 start.

10) Trivium earns the final debut of the top 20 – Silence In The Snow bows at #19.

11) Bryson Tiller sees his debut album T R A P S O U L drop 10 spots from #11 to #21 in week two.

12) Three new albums grace the top 30 – Collective Soul’s See What You Started By Continuing (#25), Queensrÿche’s Condition Human (#27), and The Winery Dog’s Hot Streak (#30).

Mac Miller, GO:OD am © Warner Bros

13) Mac Miller’s GO:OD AM isn’t going too far – this week the album drops from #18 to #28 just three weeks in.

14) Bad second weeks for both CHVRCHES and Disclosure. Respective albums Every Open Eye and Caracal slip 29 spots from #8 to #37 and #9 to #38. Ouch!

15) Matt Nathanson shows those fangs at #43… well not really, but 43rd is where Show Me Your Fangs starts.

16) Eagles of Death Metal’s Zipper Down debuts modestly at #59.

Dr. Dre, Compton A Soundtrack © Aftermath:Interscope

17) Dr. Dre and Compton seem to have lost a lot of traction where sales are concerned – it slips from #50 to #66 nine weeks in.

18) Talk about a horrid second week. The Dead Weather plummets from #10 to #83 with Dodge And Burn.

19) Children Of Bodom debut at #92 with I Worship Chaos.

Muse, Drones © Warner Bros

20) Muse’s Drones reenters the Billboard 200 at #95, marking only its eighth week on the chart.

Tyrese, Black Rose © Voltron Recordz

21) Tyrese rebounds a little…Black Rose improves from #138 to #123, 13 weeks in.

22) Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful drops 60 spots from #97 to #157, 19 weeks in.

23) Andy Mineo’s Uncomfortable drops 72 spots from #86 to #158 in just three weeks.

Troye Sivan, WILD - EP © Universal Music Australia

24) Troye Sivan drops an unkind 60 spots with WILD (#100 to #160).

25) A short two weeks on the chart, Kaskade drops from #25 to #164 with latest album Automatic. For you mathematicians, that’s a 135 spot drop!

Jack Johnson, From Here To Now To You © Brushfire

Chart Moves, September 25, 2013: Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Drake

Jack Johnson, From Here To Now To You © Brushfire

Jack Johnson Tops Without A Hitch 

Every time there is supposed to be a slugfest for the no. 1 spot, that just fails to happen.  Again, after it was prognosticated that no. 1 was a toss up – this time between Jack Johnson and Justin Moore (seemed odd being honest), Jack Johnson did what he does – scores no. 1 albums.  From Here To Now To You opened at the penthouse with 117,000 copies.  Blah numbers right? His previous album sold more than twice as much as that, moving 243,000 copies its first week.  As for the bridesmaid Justin Moore, he debuted at no. 2 with Off The Beaten Path to respectable numbers (97,000 copies).  Hey, when you have never come near six figures, you’re doint something when you just miss by a smidgen, right?

Justin Moore, Off The Beaten Path © Valory

Besides Moore, country shined this week on the Billboard albums chart.  Chris Young can probably thank single “Aw Naw” for the no. 3 bow of A.M. With 54,000 copies.  Sure that makes for a low ceiling, but when you’re not exactly a household country name, those are some solid numbers.  Maybach Music Group (MMG) finds themselves in a familiar spot at no. 4 as Self Made 3 sells 50,000 copies.  That’s healthy for a compilation, but just not a MMG one necessarily.  The fine Self Made 2 sold 98,000 copies, nearly twice as many as this less heralded one. Avicii did well to land at no. 5 with 50,000 copies of debut TRUE sold.  However, another country brother didn’t get it done; Billy Currington found himself at no. 10 with only 26,000 copies of We Are Tonight sold.  Wonder if being charged with terroristic threatening played a role in the cool reception?

Miley, Miley, Miley

Wasn’t it just weeks ago that Robin Thicke was on top the world for like twelve weeks with “Blurred Lines”? Katy Perry knocked him down, but her plan to stay atop the roost didn’t materialize as one Miley Cyrus shut that down with a nude video for actually likable song “Wrecking Ball”.  “Wrecking Ball” has already done something that popular first single “We Can’t Stop” or even earlier career single “Party in the U.S.A.” was unable to do – landed at no. 1.  I’m not really into Miley’s shock value, but I’ll give credit where it is do.  I’m onboard with “Wrecking Ball”… the song. Congrats on another week at no. 1.

Who’s Got Next?

Some of the releases from Tuesday, September 24 should definitely put some numbers on the chart… but you just never know with the way album sales have waned.  Drake should definitely make the top truly top heavy with his highly anticipated third album Nothing Was The Same.  Then there’s that southern rock band Kings of Leon who are releasing their first album in a couple of years (Mechanical Bull).  What about the oldies? Elton John, Sting, and Cher also dropped.  What about a newbie like Icona Pop? Hopefully, these albums move units and don’t disappoint. Drake, we’re counting on you!

Keith Urban, Fuse © Capitol Nashville

Chart Moves, September 18, 2013: Keith Urban’s Narrow No. 1

Keith Urban, Fuse © Capitol NashvilleChart Rewind: Highlights from Last Week (September 11, 2013) 

Ariana Grande found her debut album Yours Truly debuting at no. 1 with 138,000 copies sold.  Tamar Braxton followed behind her in the no. 2 spot with Love and War selling an impressive 114,000 copies.  Nine Inch Nails returned with their first major label effort in a couple of years, selling 107,000 copies.  John Legend arrives to a cooler reception as Love in the Future sells a somewhat underwhelming 68,000 copies good for a no. 4 start.  Jaheim’s numbers are also modest, as Appreciation Day enters at no. 6 with 58,000 copies sold.  As for others charting, Bastille’s Bad Blood bowed at no. 11, Neko Case’s Worst Things Get, The Harder I Fight…  lands at no. 12,  while former typical top ten R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn found his fine A Place Called Love Land debuting outside the top 20 at no. 22. Ouch!

Keith Urban Debuts At No. 1, By A Smidgen 

Keith Urban debuts at no. 1 with latest album Fuse, but it was no landslide.  Urban’s latest sold under its 100,000 prognostication, selling 98,000 copies.  Respectable in an age where few albums are wowing with their sales figures, but certainly not ‘juggernaut’ status.  The Weeknd really just needed a little more firepower behind it with its 95,000 copies to top the charts with Kiss Land. But no. 2 ain’t bad, especially when his last album the compilation Trilogy debuted at no. 4 with 86,000 copies.  He came up… a little.  As for Urban, well, he’s had better charting days – much better.

2 Chainz
certainly didn’t make the impact on the charts that his debut Based On A T.R.U. Story did in 2012 (no. 1, 147,000 copies).  2 Chainz suffers from the sophomore slump as B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME lands at no. 3 with 63,000 copies.  Those are better numbers than anticipated, but still, maybe dumbness isn’t paying off for ol’ boy. Janelle Monáe has a solid debut as The Electric Lady lands at no. 5 with 47,000 copies.  The Arctic Monkeys do relatively well all things considered, landing at no. 6 with 42,000 copies sold of album AM.  As for Ms. Sheryl Crow, she’s had better days as Feels Like Home debuts at no. 7 with only 36,000 copies.

Top 10 holdovers rule the rest of the chart including Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party at no. 4, Tamar Braxton’s Love and War at no. 8, Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly at no. 9, and John Legend’s Love in the Future at no. 10.

Miley Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

There is plenty to scrutinize about Miley Cyrus (like a crap-ton), but “Wrecking Ball” gives the rebellious twenty-year old her first no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Honestly, the song itself is quite likable… yes I said it.  It’s the video that raised eyebrows, specifically some tongue/sledgehammer action and the nudity.  But regardless, Miley came up.  I could make a Katy Perry joke in regards to “Roar”, but I won’t.

Who’s Got Next?

519q2dveFcL._SL500_AA280_The fall is always rich with new albums.  This week is no different. Jack Johnson seems to be leading the charge as From Here To Now To You wouldn’t be a shocking chart topper come next week. Maybach Music Group return with a third compilation set Self Made 3, while MGMT return with their third, self-titled effort.  Elvis Costello and The Roots have a thing going on with collaborative album Wise Up Ghost, while a country trifecta of Chris Young (A.M.), Justin Moore (Off The Beaten Path), and Billy Currington (We Are Tonight).  Johnny Lang also bows with his latest (Fight For My Soul) as does power-pop favorite Five For Fighting (Bookmarks). Need some electronica/dance? How about Avicii’s debut True?  Or some alternative goodness – Grouplove’s Spreading Rumours.  Jam-packed week, but Jack Johnson seems like he’ll be hard to beat.