25 Chart Takeaways: Rihanna Takes ‘Anti’ To The Top


Despite its ‘anti’ minded rollout, Rihanna’s Anti ascends to the no. 1 spot after debuting 27th following its nontraditional release. It’s not all about Rihanna this week though – there are 24 more takeaways that DON’T include Ms. Fenty! 1) Rihanna’s ANTI takes top honors on the Billboard 200 to no one’s surprise. Yes there…

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Reclaims Her Crown


After taking two weeks off, Queen Adele reclaimed her crown, topping the Billboard 200 for an eighth nonconsecutive week. Along with that takeaway there are 24 more to check out! 1) Adele’s 25 moves back to #1 on the Billboard 200. It was inevitable. 2) Justin Bieber likewise sees his Purpose ascend up one spot…

Chart Takeaways: One Direction’s Goes Four for Four With ‘Four’


Analyzing chart trends – one by one! In this week’s edition, it starts at the top. Not with Taylor Swift, but One Direction. Get ready, get set, GO! 1) One Direction earn their fourth number one album on the Billboard 200. While Four was less triumphant than Take Me Home or Midnight Memories, the numbers…

Jason Aldean Is the Hit, Everyone Else, Not So Much


Well folks, the fourth quarter has arrived – in the amount of new releases only… Read on… Breaking news – Jason Aldean is expected to top the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. Shocker, right – NOPE! Billboard prognosticates Aldean to sell in the 300,000 copies ballpark, also not the least bit surprising. But…

Lana Del Rey Wins, Ed Sheeran on Deck


This week, Lana Del Rey ‘came up’ as Ultraviolence  beat out stiff competition (Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour namely) to bow atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Del Rey’s dark, pessimistic Ultraviolence is arguably the singer/songwriter’s best work to date, following full-length debut Born to Die and EP Paradise.  Other artists weren’t nearly as successful experiencing  dips in their sales.   You…

Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week


In what ended up being a painfully slow sales week, Jack White’s Lazaretto was the only new album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  According to billboard.com, White sold 138,000 copies of Lazaretto, which easily outpaced the second place album – last weeks top debuting LP Platinum (Miranda…

Call It A Flop: Mariah Carey’s Latest LP Debuts Unimpressively


I’ve been saying it all along, and as much as I hate being wrong, I hoped I’d be wrong this time. Unfortunately (or “just like I told y’all”), I was correct about Mariah Carey’s forthcoming LP Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse being a flop. The album itself is no flop, which was something of…

Coldplay Dips In Sales, Sits Pretty At No. 1


So let’s get the most boring part of the chart analysis/news over with. Coldplay keep the top spot warm, albeit with only 83,000 copies sold of their latest LP Ghost Stories. 83,000 copies is a far cry from the 383,000 copies the set sold just last week, its debut week. Despite the drop, that was sufficient…