25 Chart Takeaways: Babs Is Tops


In a week where it seemed impossible, Barbra Streisand (Encore) debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Babs didn’t have it easy – she went against formidable opponents in Florida Georgia Line (Dig Your Roots) and Britney Spears (Glory).  Despite a difficult task, Babs is the queen and the top chart story for the Billboard 200, dated September 17, 2016.


  1. Barbra Streisand (Encore) inches past Florida Georgia Line (Dig Your Roots) for no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Never underestimate Babs!



  1. Florida Georgia Line settles for the no. 2 spot on the Billboard 200. Dig Your Roots still performed respectably on the charts.



  1. Britney Spears didn’t quite get the “glory” she deserved for Glory. Glory starts at no. 3.


  1. Drake’s Views falls the furthest it’s fallen since debuting 18 weeks ago – no. 4.


  1. Frank Ocean sees Blonde slip from no. 1 to no. 5 in its second week. Channel Orange comes back down the earth, free falling from no. 27 to no. 86.



  1. Suicide Squad: The Album exits the top-five. It remains in the top 10, falling from no. 3 to no. 6.


  1. Beyoncé re-enters the top-10 after a hiatus. Lemonade moves up from no. 13 to no. 7.


  1. Young Thug takes Jeffery to no. 8


  1. De La Soul were unable to secure a spot in the top 10. Still, And the Anonymous Nobody lands at no. 12.



  1. Tory Lanez debut I Told You drops 12 spots from no. 4 to no. 16.


  1. Ingrid Michaelson secures a spot in the top 20 with It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense. The album starts at no. 19.



  1. Glass Animals earn the final debut in the top 20. How To Be A Human Being debuts at no. 20.


  1. As “Mama Said” gains popularity, so does Lukas Graham’s self-titled debut. It ascends 17 spots from no. 48 to no. 31.


  1. After debuting last week at no. 11, Dolly Parton sees Pure & Simple slip 23 spots to no. 34.


  1. CNCO takes Primera Cita to no. 39.



  1. Lindsey Stirling free falls this week. Brave Enough dipped from no. 5 to no. 44. Ouch!


  1. Vince StaplesPrima Donna (EP) debuts at no. 50.



  1. Carly Rae Jepson is back on the BB200. E*MO*TION: Side B debuts at no. 62.


  1. Michael Sweet takes One Sided War to no. 77.


  1. Prophets of Rage’s The Party’s Over (EP) debuts quietly at no. 84.


  1. Joseph (I’m Alone, No You’re Not) debuts at no. 104.



  1. FUTURISTIC (As Seen on the Internet) debuts at no. 116.


  1. Young Dolph gets a taste of the BB200 as Rich Crack Baby lands at no. 132.


  1. Butch Walker sees his latest album Stay Gold debut at no. 143.



  1. Banks & Steelz’s Anything But Words debuts modestly at no. 186.


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25 Chart Takeaways: Frank Ocean Easily Debuts At No. 1

Frank Ocean, Blonde © Boys Don't Cry

After a four-year hiatus, Frank Ocean has returned to the musical fold in a big way.  This week, Ocean’s Blonde was the runaway no. 1 album.  There was No doubt about it from the urban alternative singer/songwriter.  As impressive  as Ocean’s numbers are – not to mention how intriguing the album is in itself – there are more noteworthy chart stories as well on the Billboard 200 dated September 10, 2016.

  1. Frank Ocean (Blonde) easily takes top honors on the Billboard 200. To reiterate, it wasn’t even close! Ocean also sees his Grammy-winning debut album Channel Orange improve 115 spots (no. 142 to no. 27).


  1. Guess who sits no. 2? Drake (Views) has kept the no. 2 spot warm for four consecutive weeks now.


  1. Suicide Squad: The Album relinquishes the no. 1 spot after holding it for two consecutive weeks. This week, the soundtrack slips to no. 3.



  1. Tory Lanez scores the week’s second highest debut with I Told You at no. 4. Compared the numbers with Frank Ocean’s Blonde and it’s a big gap between both albums.


  1. Lindsey Stirling earns another top-five album (no. 5) with Brave Enough.



  1. Dolly Parton just misses the top 10 with latest album Pure & Simple. She settles for a no. 11 start.


  1. Coldplay re-enters the top 20. A Head Full of Dreams ascends 20 spots from no. 40 to no. 20 in its 38th charting week.



  1. Charlie Puth gets a bump as Nine Track Mind ascends 13 spots from no. 34 to no. 21. Nine Track Mind has charted for 30 weeks, debuting at no. 6.


  1. After debuting last week at no. 3, PARTYNEXTDOOR finds himself clinging on to a spot in the top-25. PARTYNEXTDOOR3 (P3) slides to no. 25 in its sophomore week.


  1. Frank Ocean sees his Grammy-winning debut album Channel Orange improve 115 spots (no. 142 to no. 27).



  1. The crappiness of the sophomore week extends to Rae Sremmurd. Sophomore album SremmLife 2 slips from no. 7 to no. 28.


  1. Justin Moore takes a mighty tumble. Kind Don’t Care drops from no. 4 to no. 29. Ouch!


  1. Amos Lee makes a modest splash on the Billboard 200. Spirit debuts at no. 30.



  1. The latest album by Drake White, Spark, lands at no. 34.


  1. The RCA-List reaches a new peak position in its second charting week (no. 44 to no. 36).


  1. Casey Donahew takes All Night Party to no. 40.



  1. ScHoolboy Q sees Blank Face LP improve seven spots from no. 50 to no. 43.


  1. Skillet continues to free fall. Unleased slides from no. 25 to no. 46 in just its third week.


  1. Cole Swindell makes a huge leap as You Should Be Here improves from no. 80 to no. 57.


  1. Watsky’s latest LP, x Infinity, debuts at no. 58.


  1. Bayside sees latest album, Vacancy, debut modestly at no. 69.


  1. Hillary Scott & The Scott Family slip 17 spots. Love Remains drops from no. 59 to no. 76 in just four weeks of availability.


  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers sees The Getaway dip from no. 89 to no. 100. The Getaway debuted at no. 2.



  1. EDEN’s EP I Think You Think Too Much of Me debuts quietly at no. 104.


  1. Jake Miller settles for a tepid no. 125 star. Overnight (EP) seems like it has low ceilings.


An expanded version of 25 Chart Takeaways (BB Grooves) appears on The Musical Hype every Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Frank Ocean / Boys Don’t Cry
Suicide Squad - The Album © Atlantic

25 Chart Takeaways: Suicide Squad Still No. 1

Suicide Squad - The Album © Atlantic

Drake hasn’t been atop the charts now for three weeks! While he had a shot to reclaim former glory, Suicide Squad kept the no. 1 spot warm for a second straight week.  Who scored the highest debut? That would be PARTYNEXTDOOR, a Drake protégé (no. 3). While Suicide Squad and Views seems to be ruining other artists’/albums’ chances at nos. 1 & 2, there are plenty of interesting chart stories to absorb this week.  The Billboard 200 dated September 3, 2016, here we go!

  1. Suicide Squad: The Album retains the crown – it spends a second consecutive week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.


  1. Drake (Views) spends a third consecutive week at no. 2. Is the party over for Drizzy?


  1. PARTYNEXTDOOR, a Drake protégé, sees PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3) debut at no. 3, his highest charting position.



  1. Justin Moore takes Kinda Don’t Care to no. 4.


  1. Rae Sremmurd scores a second top-10 album with Sremmlife 2, which debuts at no. 7. The platinum-certified The Sremmlife rebounds from no. 152 to no. 126 in its 85th charting week.



  1. Young The Giant sadly misses the top-10. Home of the Strange debuts at no. 12 on the Billboard 200.


  1. DJ Snake sees Encore slip 10 spots in its second week (no. 8 to no. 18).



  1. Alternative/Underground rap duo Atmosphere takes Fishing Blues to no. 22.


  1. Soundtrack Stranger Things, Volume One: A Netflix Original Series debuts at no. 24.



  1. The Amity Affliction’s latest LP, This Could Be Heartbreak debuts quietly at no. 26.


  1. Skillet takes a bit of a tumble. Unleashed slides from no. 3 to no. 25. OUCH!



  1. Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil debuts at no. 39.


  1. The RCA-List debuts at no. 44.



  1. Country newcomer Dylan Scott doesn’t receive the warmest of welcomes. Dylan Scott debuts lackadaisically at no. 46.



  1. Daya sees EP Daya jump 38 spots from no. 105 to no. 67.


  1. Lil Uzi Vert’s The Perfect LUV Tape debuts at no. 68.


  1. Blind Pilot’s And Then Like Lions debuts at no. 79.



  1. Housefires’ Housefires III debuts at no. 106.



  1. Fantasia has another horrific week. The Definition Of… plunges 44 spots from no. 66 to no. 110. The album has charted just three weeks, debuting at no. 6.


  1. Dan + Shay see their latest album Obsessed improve 21 spots from no. 132 to no. 111. Obsessed debuted at no. 8.



  1. Jake Owen has an even worse week than Fantasia does. American Love free falls from no. 50 to no. 112. American Love started at no. 4 three weeks ago.



  1. Maxwell continues a horrific chart run. BlackSUMMERS’night slides from no. 103 to no. 167. It’s charted only seven weeks.


  1. Marc E. Bassy sees thrilling EP Groovy People fall 28 spots from no. 148 to no. 176.


  1. The Cadillac Three free fall in week two. Bury Me in My Boots slips from no. 34 to no. 182.



  1. Chris Lane had a tepid debut with Girl Problems at no. 55. This week, the debut from the country singer slides dramatically to no. 188.


An expanded version of 25 Chart Takeaways (BB Grooves) appears on The Musical Hype every Wednesday.

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25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Makes It 12 At No. 1

Gucci Mane, Everybody Looking © Atlantic

Drake (Views) remains at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a 12th week.

At the top of the Billboard 200, it’s more of the same! Drake spends a record 12th week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Only one act – Blink-182 (California) – temporarily halted the momentum of Views. Despite a relatively strong showing, Gucci Mane settles for the runner-up spot with comeback album, Everybody Looking.  Beyond Drake and Gucci Mane, there are many other chart takeaways on the Billboard 200, dated August 13, 2016.

  1. Drake. That’s all anybody needs to know about the no. 1 spot. Views rules for a 12th week – three straight in the latest run.
  1. Gucci Mane claims his highest chart bow with Everybody Looking. No. 2 is superb, and a familiar landing spot behind Drake.
  1. Sia rejoins the top-10 fold this week. This Is Acting rebounds five spots from no. 11 to no. 6. This Is Acting has charted for 26 weeks.
  1. Meghan Trainor returns to the top 10. Thank You ascends five spots (no. 15 to no. 10).
  1. Crown The Empire scores a top-15 debut with Retrograde. Retrograde lands at no. 15.
  1. The latest Periphery album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, debuts at no. 22.
  1. Coldplay continues its rise with A Head Full of Dreams. This week, Dreams improves from no. 32 to no. 28.
  1. Lil Durk’s sophomore album, Lil Durk 2X, debuts unimpressively at no. 29. His 2015 debut performed better on the Billboard 200.
  1. Keith Sweat takes Dress To Impress to no. 34. Not too shabby for the 55-year old veteran.
  1. DJ Drama closes out the top-40 with Quality Street Music 2, which debuts at no. 40.
  1. Reliant K debuts so-so on the BB200. Air For Free settles for a no. 44 start.
  1. NEEDTOBREATHE have a horrid week. HARD LOVE slips 50 spots from no. 2 to no. 52.
  1. gnash reaches a new peak on the Billboard 200. Us improves eight spots from no. 69 to no. 61.
  1. Ghostbusters drops considerably in week two. The soundtrack free falls from no. 18 to no. 73.
  1. Maxwell continues to lose steam. blackSUMMERS’night plummets 28 spots from no. 46 to no. 74.
  1. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin see Savage Mode slip 33 spots (no. 44 to no. 77).
  1. Hezekiah Walker takes Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2 to no. 88 on the BB200.
  1. YG slips out of the top-100. Still Brazy drops 23 spots from no. 80 to no. 103, just six weeks in.
  1. Steven Tyler’s solo album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, dropped 93 spots in its sophomore week (no. 19 to no. 112).
  1. Hillsong UNITED didn’t have the greatest sophomore week either. Of Dirt And Grace: Live From the Land slid 75 spots (no. 40 to no. 115).
  1. Stephen Marley barely dents the Billboard 200. Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life debuts at no. 129.
  1. Foreigner takes Records to a modest no. 147 start.
  1. The underperforming, under-promoted debut album from Dreezy, No Hard Feelings, slips 51 spots from no. 101 to no. 152.
  1. Dirty Heads’ self-titled album free falls from no. 14 to no. 165.
  1. Revocation’s Great Is Our Sin debuts unimpressively at no. 189.

BONUS. Leeland’s Invisible was nearly “invisible” from the Billboard 200. It debuts at no. 200.

Photo Credit: Cash Money, Atlantic
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25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Returns for 10th Week at No. 1

Keeping it real, y’all thought he was done, didn’t you? Who prey tell? Drake (Views), of course!  Guess what, Drake ain’t done yet! While Blink-182 (California) was able to knock Views off the pedestal it kept warm for nine weeks, ScHoolboy Q (Blank Face LP) couldn’t hold off Drake. What does all this mean? Drake is sitting pretty once again at no. 1.

This week’s charts, dated July 30, 2016, is more than just Drake, ScHoolboy Q, and Blink-182.  Check out 25 of the chart’s biggest stories below! P.S., if that’s not enough, on sister site The Musical Hype, there’s an expanded list of chart stories, linked below.  As the old saying goes, “The more, the merrier!”

1) Drake has no quit in him.  After being dethroned by Blink-182, the “6 God” is back on top.  Views spends a 10th nonconsecutive week at no. 1.

2) ScHoolboy Q finds himself in a spot occupied by many who couldn’t stop Drake’s chart dominance – no. 2.

3) Folks clearly got “Bored to Death” with Blink-182 in week two. California slips from no. 1 to no. 3 in its sophomore week.

4) Chevelle secures the no. 8 spot on the BB200 with latest LP, The North Corridor.

5) Switchfoot earns the final debut in the top 10. Where The Light Shines Through lands at no. 10.

 6) Maxwell is having a subpar run with his latest album as of yet.  After debuting disappointingly at no. 3 last week, blackSUMMERS’night slips 16 spots to no. 19.  blackSUMMERS’night doesn’t look like it’ll keep Maxwell’s platinum streak going.

7) Red Hot Chili Peppers have had better album runs.  In its fourth week, The Getaway slides from no. 17 to no. 25.

8) Australian band The Avalanches return after an extended hiatus – extended might be an understatement. Wildflower starts at no. 27.

9) See, Charlie Puth told y’all he’s only “One Call Away.” Nine Track Mind improves 10 spots from no. 45 to no. 35 in its 24th charting week.

10) The New English didn’t last long for “Panda” rapper Desiigner. The mixtape slips from no. 22 to no. 36 in week two.

11) Desiigner didn’t fall as far as Logic, who actually started more promising at no. 16.  Bobby Tarantino slips 22 spots to no. 38.

12) 69 weeks in, James Bay seems to be going stronger than ever.  Chaos and The Calm jumps nine spots from no. 50 to no. 41.

13) Nick JonasLast Year Was Complicated continues to fall, this week slipping four spots from no. 39 to no. 43.

14) Coldplay is on a role as of late.  A Head Full of Dreams improves 18 more spots this week (no. 63 to no. 45).

15) Halsey’s Badlands the album improves nine spots from no. 64 to no. 55.  Badlands has charted for 46 weeks.

16) After jumping considerably last week, Cole Swindell’s sophomore album You Should Be Here comes back down to earth.  The album slips 25 spots from no. 32 to no. 57, 10 weeks in.

17) Kiiara reaches a new peak as Low Kii Savage (EP) ascends from no. 78 to no. 60 in its 14th week.

18) YG’s lackadaisical chart run continues to be just that.  Still Brazy slips 10 spots from no. 57 to no. 67 just four weeks in.

19) Lauren Daigle’s How Can It Be improves 10 spots from no. 81 to no. 71.  How Can It Be has charted for 62 weeks.

20) Nonpoint’s latest album, Poison Red debuts quietly at no. 73.

21) gnash reaches a new peak position with us at no. 99, improving 14 spots from the previous week.

22) The Avett Brothers have had an abysmal run with True Sadness.  The album plummets 59 spots from no. 44 to no. 103.

23) Heart’s low key LP Beautiful Broken debuts modestly at no. 105.

24) BADBADNOTGOOD sees its latest jazzy effort IV debut at no. 178.  

25) After debuting at no. 40, Snoop Dogg’s Coolaid slides to no. 198. 

In a slow sales week, Drake (‘Views’) reclaims no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Schoolboy Q’s fourth album, ‘Blank Face LP’, settles for no. 2.

via BB Grooves: ScHoolboy Q Settles for No. 2 on Billboard 200 — The Musical Hype

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25 Chart Takeaways: Blink-182 End Drake’s Dominant Chart Run

After weeks and weeks of agony at the hands of one sick Canadian (Drake), someone else was FINALLY able to dethrone the god (note: notice god is lowercase considering Drake isn’t the Most High).  Blink-182 takes California to no. 1 on the Billboard 200 after nine long, arduous weeks with Drake’s Views reigning.  Well Drizzy, the reign is over this week buddy!

But alas, it’s not all about Blink-182 and Drake.  There are many more chart takeaways that must be shared with the world…as if you couldn’t read the Billboard 200 chart dated July 23,2016 for yourselves lazy folk! Just kidding…here are this week’s 25 Chart Takeaways!

  1. In the “blink of an eye” the top of the charts changed. That would be total BS of course considering Drake spent nine weeks at no. 1. Blink-182 gets their day in the son, Tom DeLonge-less as California gets it done in a robust way at no. 1.
  1. Poor Drake slips to an unfamiliar spot during his dominance with Views – no. 2. Shed a tear, shed a tear…
  1. The person everyone should be crying about is Maxwell. What happened to my boy? The numbers weren’t in his favor in the least as blackSUMMERS’night settled for no. 3. Can’t wait seven years to release an album Max!
  1. It’s always awesome to be Epic AF. Who doesn’t aspire to such standards? Pretty awesome to be the compilation of the same title, which slips one spot to no. 9 this week.
  1. Logic’s surprise mixtape Bobby Tarantino debuts at no. 16 on the Billboard 200. Why? Streaming and track sales from singles “Flexicution” and “Wrist.” He can’t flex as much as Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo or Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, which debuted sounder.
  1. After two weeks gracing the top 10 those Red Hot Chili Peppers are done! The Getaway slips eight spots from no. 9 to no. 17.
  1. Logic wasn’t the only rapper who got in on the mixtape chart action. Desiigner’s New English seals the deal at no. 22.
  1. “Can I get a hallelujah?” Yes, let the church, rather “My Church” say yaassss! Maren Morris sees her Hero jump 26 spots from no. 64 to no. 38.
  1. Not too many folks drank Snoop Dogg’s Coolaid. Maybe they were afraid it was spiked… anyways, Coolaid debuts modestly at no. 40. Funny, Snoop Dogg actually releases his first rap album in years and nobody partakes. 
  1. That spike in sales didn’t last long for Radiohead. A Moon Shaped Pool slips 18 spots from no. 23 and no. 41. Thom Yorke and Nick Jonas have something in common (see #16).
  1. True Sadness indeed! The Avett Brothers free fall from no. 3 to no. 44 in week two. 41 spots! Cue up weary emoji!
  1. YG is having an unsuccessful chart run with Still Brazy. This week, the set’s third, Still Brazy slips 24 spots (no. 33 to no. 57).
  1. Somebody decided to “stand by” Rachel Platten as Wildfire ascends 62 spots from no. 120 to no. 58. Maybe it was all those “Angels in Chelsea.”
  1. Hopefully those American Authors have much more to live for than their album What We Live For. Why? The album sneaks on the Billboard 200 at no. 60.
  1. Kiiara’s EP Low Kii Savage jumps from no. 114 to no. 78. No. 78 marks a new peak position.
  1. Silent Planet takes over the no. 85 spot with Everything Was Sound. Apparently it wasn’t as “sound” as anticipated given the chart position…no shade of course…
  1. Paul Simon tumbles once more. Stranger To Stranger slips from no. 68 to no. 88 in week five.
  1. Chelsea Grin’s Self Inflicted debuts at no. 105.
  1. Maybe Magic! would’ve been better served using secondary colors… Primary Colours debuts unimpressively at no. 124. No, I’m not being the least bit “Rude!”
  1. Roy WoodsWaking At Dawn starts at no. 127.
  1. Logic gets another spot on 25 Chart takeaways this week! The Incredible True Story improves 26 spots from no. 130 to no. 156. Debut album Under Pressure moves up 39 spots (no. 179 to no. 140).
  1. The Human Condition continues to get worse. Jon Bellion’s debut slides 28 spots from no. 118 to no. 146.
  1. Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound actually improves in its sophomore week. The album ascends from no. 185 to no. 159.
  1. Game of Thrones: Music From The HBO Series Season 6 plummets from no. 27 to no. 174. “All men albums must die slide down the charts or something like that!”
  1. Sara Watkins eked out a debut on the Billboard 200. Young In All The Wrong Ways debuts at no. 200. Cutting it close there Sara, cutting it close!


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25 Chart Takeaways: Drake No. 1 For Ninth Week

For what seems the millionth week, the headline is the same.  Drake’s Views is no. 1 on the Billboard 200.  This week it was a runaway – not even Beyoncé had a hand on the Canadian.  While The Avett Brothers made a dent, it was no earthquake.  While there are no game changing chart stories, there’s are lot to digest from the Billboard 200, dated July 16, 2016.  Here are 25 Chart takeaways!

Need more chart stories? Check out The Musical Hype, which as double the fun with weekly column BB Grooves. (Link is also included at the bottom).

1.Drake doesn’t budge from no. 1. For a ninth week, he is a king.  Better yet, he’s a god…the “6God” that is.

2. There should be no True Sadness for The Avett Brothers. The band’s most recent effort gives them a new career-peak, even if the sales fall short of previous efforts.

3. Adele sees 25 re-enter the top 10, improving from no. 12 to no. 7. 25 has now charted for 32 weeks.

4. Little is more Epic AF than ascending up the charts in one’s sophomore week. That’s just what the compilation does, improving from a no. 16 debut to no. 8.

5. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway slides seven spots in its sophomore frame from no. 2 to no. 9.

6. Kanye West sees The Life Of Pablo jump 15 spots from no. 31 to no. 16. Has to be the impact of “Famous.”

7. Radiohead takes a sizable tumble as A Moon Shaped Pool falls from no. 5 to no. 23.

8. Game of Thrones: Music From the HBO Series Season 6 debuts at no. 27.

9. YG’s Still Brazy free falls from no. 6 to no. 33 in its sophomore week.

10. J Balvin sees Energia debut at no. 38.

11. Broods’ Conscious debuts at no. 52.

12. Halsey’s Badlands has spent 44 weeks on the chart. This week, the singer sees her debut set improve 14 spots from no. 72 to no. 58.

13. Paul Simon’s Stranger To Stranger has been a slow seller. In just it’s fourth week, the veteran singer/songwriter’s set slips from no. 43 to no. 68.

14. RiFF RaFF’s Peach Panther starts unimpressively at no. 69.

15. Whitechapel’s Mark of the Blade debuts quietly at no. 72.

16. DJ Shadow’s mountain is definitely going to fall at this rate. Huh? His latest album The Mountain Will Fall debuts modestly at no. 77.

17. Mindless Behavior are far off in sales and chart position from their two previous albums. #officialMBmusic starts at no. 79. Ouch!

18. Mumford & Sons plummet. Johannesburg EP slips from no. 9 to no. 94.

19. 2016 Warped Tour Compilation quietly debuts at no. 117.

20. Cash Cash won’t be making much cash off of Blood, Sweat & 3 Years. The album starts tepidly at no. 125.

21. Rock band DOROTHY don’t get the best introduction to the BB200. ROCKISDEAD starts at no. 129. Hmm, isn’t that ironic their album is titled ROCKISDEAD and it debuts horridly

22. Gospel singer William Murphy sees album Demonstrate begin at no. 131.

23. Neil Young + Promise of The Real’s Earth starts modestly at no. 138.

24. Todrick Hall released a pop album. It didn’t sell well. Straight Outta Oz debuts at no. 142.

25. Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound starts at no. 185. Definitely a bottom dweller.

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

In this week’s edition of BB Grooves (a column examining the biggest stories on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart), Drake spends a ninth week at no. 18 more words

via BB Grooves: Drake Rules the Roost for Ninth Straight Week — The Musical Hype

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Ariana Grande Can’t Stop Drake on the Billboard 200 (25 Chart Takeaways)

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

Ariana Grande has failed at something.  No, it’s not her voice – she’s still the one to beat.  No, it’s not the quality of album Dangerous Woman – Grande was on-point, most critics agree. Where she failed was topping the Billboard 200, where ubiquitous “6God” Drake won’t relinquish the throne.  His Views, hence, remain firmly planted.  But those are just two of 25 chart takeaways for the Billboard 200 chart dated June 11, so let’s waste no more time!

Drake, Views © Cash Money

1) Drake remains the no. 1 pick in the draft…err the Billboard 200 that is.  Views wasn’t even the top selling album of the week but managed to hold on relatively comfortably to no. 1.  Drake’s a winner thanks to the SPS (streams plus sales) formula.  Four weeks’ strong baby!

2) Ariana Grande probably isn’t too thrilled with Drake, but she also wouldn’t be too thrilled with Blake Shelton either (more on that in a moment).  Dangerous Woman couldn’t best Views in the streams department, essentially the new approach that drives the Billboard 200, so she lands at no. 2 for the first time in her career.

3) Blake Shelton is probably pissed at both Drake and Ariana Grande, while Ariana Grande is probably giving Blake Shelton the side eye.  Shelton had the week’s bestselling album (If I’m Honest), hence beating Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman on the Top Albums Sales chart. Drake and Grande both outpaced him in streams/track sales, hence his placement at no. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Beyoncé, Lemonade © Parkwood Entertainment

4) With so much drama surrounding Drake, Ariana, and Blake, Beyoncé’s Lemonade slips quietly to no. 4.  No big deal – the Queen is still packing a punch.

5) Eric Clapton debuts at no. 6 with I Still Do.  Indeed, Eric – you “still do!” Get it, get it!

6) Bob Dylan wants in on the top 10 debut fun and he gets in.  Fallen Angels lands at no. 7.

7) Meghan Trainor didn’t have the most triumphant week as Thank You slid from no. 3 to no. 8 in its sophomore frame.

8) Mudcrutch ekes out a top-10 debut as 2 debuts at no. 10.

The Very Best of Prince © Rhino

9) For the first time since his death, there is no Prince album in the top 10.  The Very Best of Prince slips from no. 7 to no. 12, while his next highest charting album, Purple Rain, slipped from no. 19 to no. 32.

10) Interestingly, Kevin Gates has remained a ‘mainstay’ in the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  Gates’ Islah moves up three spots from no. 18 to no. 15 in its 17th week.

11) Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book slips from no. 8 to no. 17 in its second week.

Issues, Headspace © Rise

12) IssuesHeadspace debuts modestly at no. 20.   The band’s previous album performed better, scoring a top 10 debut.

13) Sia sees album This Is Acting improve seven spots from no. 28 to no. 21.

14) Jennifer NettlesPlaying With Fire definitely doesn’t perform in fiery fashion this week.  The album slips 20 spots from no. 10 to no. 30.

15) Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool takes a might tumble in week three from no. 9 to no. 36.

16) Mike Posner’s At Night, Alone continues to perform lukewarmly.  The album slips 11 more spots this week from no. 29 to no. 40.

17) Saosin’s Along The Shadow debuts modestly at no. 45.

Pierce The Veil, Misadventures © Fearless

18) What a ‘misadventure’ for Pierce The Veil’s Misadventures this week! The album free falls 44 spots from no. 4 to no. 48!

19) Day of the Dead, the Grateful Dead tribute compilation debuts at no. 49.

20) Kygo had a poor second week.  Cloud Nine plummeted 52 spots from no. 11 to no. 63.

21) Sick PuppiesFury debuts at no. 92.  Yeah, this album is going nowhere and fast!

22) Maybe God sensed that Montana of 300 probably wasn’t talking about the ‘sanctuary’ when he titled his album Fire In The Church.  It modestly enters the Billboard 200 at no. 95. Yeah, Montana of 300 is certainly experiencing “chart hell” and yes, such a thing exists.

23) Ziggy Marley ekes out a top-100 debut with his self-titled album, which enters at no. 99.

ASAP Rocky, Always Strive and Prosper © RCA

24) Has it been mentioned that A$AP Ferg’s Always Strive And Prosper isn’t selling? This week it slips from no. 105 to no. 123 in only its fifth week.

25) Who had the worst week? Poor Corinne Bailey Rae! The Heart Speaks In Whispers fell 96 spots in its sophomore week from no. 31 to no. 127.  Phew!!!

Meghan Trainor, Thank You © Epic

Meghan Trainor’s ‘Thank You’ Settles for No. 3 on the Billboard 200 [25 Chart Takeaways]


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

Meghan Trainor simply couldn’t get it done.  What couldn’t she get done exactly? Beating Drake or Beyoncé for the top spots on the Billboard 200.  Throw in that little thing called the “sophomore effect” and Trainor finds her latest album settling for third place.  Trainor’s third place start is just one of 25 takeaways from this week’s Billboard 200, dated June 4, 2016.

Drake, Views © Cash Money

1) Drake remains in the driver’s seat on the Billboard 200.  Views wasn’t the top-selling album but easily garnered the most SPS (streams plus sales).

2) “Hold Up!” Who had the top-selling album this week? That would be Beyoncé’s fierce Lemonade, which settles for no. 2 on the Billboard 200 once more, trailing Drake’s Views in streams.

3) As aforementioned, Meghan Trainor’s Thank You scored the chart’s highest debut, but couldn’t overcome two juggernauts.  Trainor, who also outsold Drake, underperformed her debut album Title in both streams and sales.

4) Pierce The Veil scores the second-highest debut with Misadventures landing at no. 4.

5) Keith Urban didn’t lose too much in his sophomore week. Ripcord drops just two spots from no. 4 to no. 6 with a less substantial percentage drop than most albums experience in week two.

6) Most of Prince’s albums took a dip in sales/streams this week.  The Very Best of Prince is the sole top 10 effort, but it drops from no. 5 to no. 7.  Purple Rain slips out of the top 10, falling 11 spots from no. 8 to no. 19.

7) Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book makes history, becoming the first streaming exclusive to chart on the Billboard 200 (Kanye West had some sales btw).

Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool © XL Recordings

8) Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool slips six spots from no. 3 to no. 9 in week two.

9) Jennifer Nettles Playing With Fire launches at no. 10.  Those aren’t Sugarland numbers, but Playing With Fire gives Nettles a second top 10 album as a solo artist.

10) Kygo makes his chart debut with Cloud Nine which just misses the top 10 at no. 11.

Cole Swindell, You Should Be Here © Warner Music Nashville

11) Cole Swindell’s You Should Be Here slips six spots from no. 6 to no. 12 in its sophomore week.

12) Hatebreed’s latest album The Concrete Confessional debuts modestly at no. 25. The “confessional” doesn’t seem quite so “concrete” does it?

13) Taylor Swift’s 1989 improves 26 spots from no. 52 to no. 26 in its 82nd charting week.

14) Mike Posner’s At Night, Alone drops 17 spots in its second week (no. 12 to no. 29).

15) Apparently folks have forgotten about Corinne Bailey RaeThe Heart Speaks In Whispers quietly enters the Billboard 200 at no. 31.

16) DevilDriver’s Trust No One debuts at no. 43.  Yep, that’s “about all I have to say about that.”

17) The Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks sees his debut album A Good Storm barely grace the top 50.  A Good Storm enters disappointingly at no. 48.

18) Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost debuts at no. 53.

19) It is worth noted that Google Play has quite an impact on the Billboard 200.  Albums that are discounted in price drive up the sales. Who benefitted this week?  Third Eye Blind’s self-titled album ( a re-entry at no. 74) and The Goo Goo Dolls’ Dizzy Up ( a re-entry at no. 95).

20) Joey + Rory’s Hymns slips down the charts 35 spots from no. 41 to no. 76 in its 14th charting week.

21) Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams sees a bump in SPS, improving from no. 100 to no. 79.

3OH!3, Night Sports © Fueled By Ramen

22) Talk about a downgrade in fortunes! 3OH!3’s Night Sports debuts tepidly at no. 170.  Maybe people got tired of the frat-bro humor?

23) Hard Working Americans’ Rest in Chaos enters the charts at a marvelous no. 173.  Yes, that’s indeed sarcasm you’re reading.  

24) Bad go of it for Andy BlackThe Shadow Side slipped 156 spots from no. 22 to no. 178 in week two.

25) James Blake’s The Colour in Anything free falls from no. 36 to no. 189 – a 153 spot drop!




Drake, Views © Cash Money

Drake, Beyoncé and Radiohead Rule The Top of the Billboard 200 (25 Chart Takeaways)

What A Time To Be Alive! Yep, that’s surely what Drake must be saying to himself – he can probably throw “HYFR (Hell Ya F**king Right)” into the mix as well. Drake holds the no. 1 spot, besting Beyoncé for second consecutive week, and holding off Radiohead’s surprise album A Moon Shaped Pool from no. 1. Believe it or not, there are even more chart takeaways to be “taken away” here, sigh.

1) Drake’s Views spends a second week at no. 1, narrowly outselling Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool.

2) Beyoncé’s former no. 1, Lemonade, spends a second consecutive week at no. 2. Interestingly, Drake’s Views didn’t best Lemonade’s SPS’s (streams plus sales) by very much.

3) Radiohead settles for a no. 3 start with A Moon Shaped Pool. While Radiohead couldn’t reach no. 1 like 2007 effort In Rainbows, in pure sales, A Moon Shaped Pool gives the alternative band its most robust numbers in years.

4) Keith Urban sees Ripcord debut respectably at no. 4.

5) Prince continues to dominate the charts, with The Very Best of Prince retaining a spot in the top 5 (no. 4) and Purple Rain slipping from no. 3 to no. 8 this week.

6) Cole Swindell sees his sophomore album You Should Be Here debut at no. 6.

7) Adele extends her return to the top 10 as 25 improves from no. 10 to no. 9.

8) Hamilton reaches a new peak position, ascending from no. 13 to no. 11 this week, the Broadway soundtrack’s 33rd week on the charts.

9) Mike Posner couldn’t score a second top-10 album. At Night, Alone debuts at no. 12. 31 Minutes To Takeoff, on the other hand, debuted at no. 8.

10) Justin Bieber exits the top 10! Purpose slips four spots from no. 9 to no. 13.

11) Rittz lands at no. 19 on the BB200 with Top Of The Line. Who is Rittz? Good question.

12) Andy Black had a disappointing debut week. The Black Veil Brides frontman’s solo debut The Shadow Side lands at no. 22.

13) Goo Goo Dolls see their latest album, Boxes, debut unimpressively at no. 27.

14) Cyndi Lauper hasn’t been “big” for years. Considering that fact, her latest album’s (Detour) debut at no. 29 is sort of impressive.

15) James Blake’s third full-length album, The Colour In Anything, debuts at no. 36.

16) Gwen Stefani’s third solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like hasn’t sold very well. However, the album sees an uptick this week, improving 23 spots from no. 82 to no. 59.

17) Rob Zombie’s “satanic orgy celebration” must not have went over too well. Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser slips 56 spots from no. 6 to no. 62.

18) Kaytranada’s 99.9% debuts at no. 73. Again, who? What?

19) Safe to say that A$AP Ferg definitely isn’t “striving” or “prospering” based upon the chart performance of his sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper. The album slips 31 spots in its third week from no. 46 to no. 77.

20) Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter sees his latest album, Take Me To The Alley, debut at no. 82.

21) Santana’s latest album continues to fly…down the chart that is! Santana IV slips 40 spots from no. 71 to no. 111 in just four short weeks on the chart.

22) ANOHNI’s HOPELESSNESS debuts quietly at no. 121.

23) Andra Day sees her Cheers To The Fall re-enter the charts at no. 126. Day peaked at no. 48 earlier this year.

24) The way that Martina McBride’s latest album fell down the charts was nothing short of Reckless, as it slid 107 spots from no. 31 to no. 138.

25) Two more notable Prince albums re-enter the Billboard 200: Controversy (no. 162) and Dirty Mind (no. 184).