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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 Makes It 11 Weeks at No. 1


Ah, it’s another week!  Guess who’s atop the Billboard 200? Ding* Ding* Ding* – Drake! Views makes it 11 nonconsecutive weeks at no. 1.  So, who’s the unfortunate victim stuck behind the “6 God” this week? NEEDTOBREATHE.  Here are 25 chart takeaways compiled from the Billboard 200 dated August 6, 2016.

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  1. Drake spends an 11th week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Those Views are going nowhere.
  1. NEEDTOBREATHE becomes the latest victim to be stuck behind Drake on the Billboard 200. HARDLOVE starts at no. 2.
  1. You know what’s #EpicAF? The compilation, Epic AF. After slipping outside of the top 10 at no. 11 last week, it ascends to no. 6 this week.
  1. Beyoncé’s Lemonade slips one spot from no. 7 to no. 8. Lemonade has charted for 13 weeks as of yet.
  1. Kidz Bop 32 quietly debuts at no. 9 on the Billboard 200. Yep, those kids keep going strong.
  1. ScHoolboy Q has a disappointing second week. Blank Face LP dips from runner-up to no. 10.
  1. Logic’s mixtape Bobby Tarantino reaches a new peak on the BB200. After debuting at no. 16 and plummeting to no. 38, this week, Bobby Tarantino improves 26 spots to no. 12. (The mixtape became available for download, hence the jump.)
  1. blink-182 end their stay in the top 10. California slips 10 spots from no. 3 to no. 13 in its third charting week.
  1. Dirty Heads’ self-titled album lands at no. 14. Dirty Heads is the third-best debuting album this week.
  1. The Ghostbusters soundtrack debuts modestly at no. 18.
  1. Steven Tyler’s debut solo album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, debuts at no. 19.
  1. Good Charlotte return to the BB200 with Youth Authority. Apparently, the “authority” only goes so far as the album debuts at no. 23.
  1. Country musician David Nail takes a Fighter [mentality] to no. 26…well, in name only.
  1. Hillsong UNITED returns to the BB200 as Of Dirt and Grace: Live from the Land debuts at no. 40.
  1. Jeff Beck’s latest album, Loud Hailer, debuts at no. 41.
  1. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin takes Savage Mode to no. 44.
  1. Maxwell seems to be experiencing the worst-selling album of his career. blackSUMMERS’night free falls 27 spots from no. 19 to no. 46. The album has only charted three weeks.  
  1. Desiigner continues his plunge…down the charts that is. New English slips 19 spots (no. 36 to no. 55).
  1. Nick Jonas also continues his chart tumble. Last Year Was Complicated falls 14 spots from no. 43 to no. 57. Complicated has charted a mere six weeks.
  1. gnash’s EP us jumps 30 spots from no. 99 to no. 69. 69th marks a new peak position.
  1. Dan + Shay continue to see-saw on the BB200. This week, Obsessed improves a whopping 29 spots from no. 101 to no. 72. Go figure!
  1. Chevelle experience a horrid sophomore week. The North Corridor plummets 65 spots (no. 8 to no. 73).
  1. Rapper Z-Ro has a big week…said no one ever. Drankin & Drivin debuts at no. 99.
  1. Dreezy received my approval, but the same can’t be said for music buyers. No Hard Feelings debuts tepidly at no. 101.
  1. Switchfoot freefalls in its second week. Where the Light Shines Through drops 107 spots from no. 10 to no. 117. 

In news that will shock no one, Drake spends his 11th week at no. 1 with ‘Views.’ Who is the victim of being stuck behind Drizzy this week? 18 more words

via BB Grooves: NEEDTOBREATHE Takes ‘HARDLOVE’ to No. 2 — The Musical Hype

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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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Track Review: DJ Khaled ft. Drake, ‘For Free’ — The Musical Hype


Track reviews are something I’m incorporating more into the up-and-coming music site, The Musical Hype.  Here, I gave my thoughts on DJ Khaled‘s latest collab with “6God” Drake on “For Free.” 

On infectious single “For Free,” DJ Khaled and Drake have their minds on one thing and one thing only – awesome sex. The post Track Review: DJ Khaled ft. Drake, ‘For Free’ appeared first on The Musical Hype.

via Track Review: DJ Khaled ft. Drake, ‘For Free’ — The Musical Hype

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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.
NIck Jonas, Last Year Was Complicated © Island

Nick Jonas Can’t Stop Drake on the Billboard 200 (25 Chart Takeaways)


As the old saying goes, “same thing, different day.” In this case, Drake continues to ride the wave, or rather his Views.  Who had to suffer from missing the top of the charts this week thanks to Drake’s juggernaut status? Nick Jonas. Poor kid had to settle for being the bridesmaid.  No championship for you NJ.  But there’s more to this week’s Billboard Chart – dated July 2, 2016 – than Drake and Nick Jonas. There are 23 more takeaways to accompany those two.

Furthermore is 25 total isn’t enough, check out Chart Grooves: Nick J Can’t Stop Aubrey G (Drake) from my new site The Musical Hype for more chart insight.

  1. Drake’s Views = no. 1. Really not much else that can be said. #Unstoppable.
  1. Regardless whether or not Last Year Was Complicated for Nick Jonas, he was able to secure the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200. Hey, it has to count for something that he’s playing “second fiddle” to Drake, right?
  1. Lin-Manuel Miranda has got to be laughing all the way to the bank. Hamilton is like the biggest thing ever. This week, it entered the top 10, flying up from no. 13 to no. 3.  Broadway soundtracks don’t typically do as well as Hamilton has…
  1. Who doesn’t love a newbie? Jon Bellion is an awesome newbie at that, blessing the world with the state of The Human Condition. While the human condition itself is questionable at this time, the album itself isn’t, and Bellion locks up the no. 5 spot. Get it J.B.!
  1. Garbage leads three consecutive debuts within the top 20. Strange Little Birds starts at no. 14. Kaleo’s A/B follows at no. 15, while Fitz and the Tantrums’ self-titled effort settles in at no. 16.
  1. Band of Horses own the final top-20 debut of the week. Why Are You OK lands at no. 18.

Paul Simon, Stranger To Stranger © Concord

  1. Paul Simon’s comeback album Stranger to Stranger sadly becomes a “stranger” to the top 10 this week. It slips 19 spots from no. 3 to no. 22. Ouch!
  1. So, you’re supposed to praise God in good times and bad times. With Maren Morris asking for “hallelujahs” in “My Church,” she needs to channel that spirituality and positivity this week as Hero slips 24 spots from no. 5 to no. 29.
  1. Forget about Paul Simon or Maren Morris shedding tears for their current positions on the chart after a respectable first week. Volbeat had a crappier week as Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie slipped 34 spots from no. 4 to no. 38!
  1. Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 9 makes a ‘stunning’ debut…said no one ever. The compilation starts at no. 28 with little fanfare. To quote Big Sean (and a lot of other folks), “you win some, you lose some.”
  1. Paul McCartney joins the chart jubilation as his reissued self-titled album debuts at no. 43 in its deluxe edition.
  1. Okay, okay, so we gave Volbeat some crap about falling 34 spots with Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie. Country duo Dan + Shay actually “take the cake.” Fans weren’t Obsessed with the duo in week two as it plummeted 51 spots from no. 8 to no. 59.

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book © Chance The Rapper

  1. Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book continues its slippage down the chart. Coloring Book falls eight spots from no. 56 to no. 64 in week five. Don’t criticize Chance too much – this album is a streaming exclusive, so it’s ‘uncharted’ territory for the Billboard 200.
  1. Frankie Ballard probably needs a hug. El Rio debuts modestly at no. 68. But guess what – he didn’t have the worst debut week of the new albums! #SilverLining
  1. Yeah, what is about to be said is probably mean, but anything for a good pun, right? It was no Milestone for Grammy-winning R&B diva Chrisette Michele this week (not too bad, right). Michele’s indie R&B album debuted tepidly at no. 73, her debut. Many people have probably forgotten that Michele at one point had a no. 1 album – Epiphany.
  1. Nahko and Medicine for The People take HOKA to no. 71 on the BB200. Who are Nahko and Medicine for The People? Good question!
  1. KONGOS can’t have too much ego this week! EGOMANIAC starts at no. 79. Hmm, the band probably wishes they had another hit like “Come With Me Now” on their hands!
  1. Brandy Clark can’t be thrilled. The country singer’s Big Day in A Small Town debuts in ‘small’ fashion at no. 84.

Little Big Town, Wanderlust © Capitol

  1. No wonder Little Big Town weren’t sure about their experimental EP produced by Pharrell Williams. Wanderlust is a major flop, debuting at a horrid no. 105. Is this the same quartet that just made it big with “Girl Crush?” No, it can’t be!
  1. No, Kygo isn’t on Cloud Nine currently as his debut continues its slide down the charts. No. 107 is not a good look for the Norwegian DJ. Hey, at least he’s still got his looks…and piano skills…
  1. So, who is Drew Baldridge? He’s a country singer, but only a small crowd indulged into his album Dirt On Us. It starts at no. 113.
  1. Rival SonsHollow Bones starts quietly (understatement) at no. 117.
  1. Okay Dan + Shay – you’re off the hook. HellYeah’s Unden!able undeniably had an abysmal week. The album dropped 110 spots from no. 18 to no. 128.  Phew!!!
  1. Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered free falls 69 spots from no. 100 to no. 169.
  1. Now HellYeah are off the hook. Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa’s TGOD Mafia: Rude Awakening got a truly “rude awakening” this week as the album slipped 144 spots from no. 26 to no. 170.
Paul Simon, Stranger To Stranger © Concord

Paul Simon Takes ‘Stranger to Stranger’ To No. 3 (25 Chart Takeaways)


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

Judging by the title, it should be clear that Drake has indeed spent another week at no. 1 – six to be preciseViews couldn’t be caught.  But, we should give some props to singer/songwriter extraordinaire Paul Simon who debuts respectably with his latest LP, Stranger to Stranger, securing third place on the big chart.  Besides Drake’s continued run and Paul Simon’s big comeback, there are 23 other chart takeaways to explore for the chart dated June 25, 2016.

1) You know how many hip-hop artists talk about “putting their name on it” – actually that sounds totally inappropriate, if you catch my drift.  Let’s just leave it at the fact that no. 1 has had Drake’s name written all over it for six weeks now.  Nothing controversial about that!

Beyoncé, Lemonade © Parkwood Entertainment

2) Beyoncé seems to be getting underrated with all the fanfare about Drake and whoever has the highest debut that can’t unseat him from his throne.  Don’t feel bad for Queen Bey as Lemonade were recently certified platinum, giving her a sixth million-selling album.  This week, she rises one spot from no. 3 to no. 2.

3) Paul Simon may not have been able to beat that juggernaut hogging the “number one” spot, but Stranger to Stranger debuted respectably at no. 3.  No shame in that Paul!

4) It’s not all about Paul Simon, even if he was the crème de la crème as far as newbies within the top 10.  Volbeat debuts right behind him at no. 4 with Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie, while country’s Maren Morris is ‘heroic’ at no. 5 with Hero.  “Can I get a hallelujah?”

5) Dan + Shay score the last debut within the top 10, landing at no. 8 with Obsessed.  Too bad more people weren’t “obsessed” with the duo to purchase more of their albums and increase their chart position.

Adele, 25 © XL/Columbia

6) Adele finds herself outside of the top 10 once more as 25 slips from no. 9 to no. 11.  Don’t cry for Adele – to be no. 11 in your 29th week on the chart is awesome.

7) You might wish to cry some for Dierks Bentley and Fifth Harmony, who have so-so sophomore weeks after both debuting in the top 10.  Bentley’s Black slips from no. 2 to no. 12.  As for Fifth Harmony’s 7/27, the set slides from no. 4 to no. 17.

8) Hamilton: An American Musical continues to perform soundly, and should see a bump next week after winning 11 Tony awards.  This week, the cast album rises from no. 18 to no. 13 in its 37th week on the chart.

9) Two more albums debut within the top 20.  Tegan And Sara’s Love You To Death debuts modestly at no. 16, while HellYeah’s Unden!able joins the party at no. 18.

The Very Best of Prince © Rhino

10) For the first time since his death, Prince doesn’t have an album in the top 20.  The Very Best of Prince slips just outside of the top 20 at no. 21 (it fell five spots).

11) The top 30 sees two more debuts – Beartooth’s Aggressive at no. 25 and Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa compilation, TGOD Mafia: Rude Awakening at no. 26.

12) Rebellution’s Falling Into Place enters the Billboard 200 at no. 32.

13) Flume’s Skin now has the distinction of being a ‘former’ top 10.  The album slips from no. 8 to no. 36 in its sophomore week.

14) It’s a good week to be a Soulrocker…or not.  Michael Franti & Spearhead probably would’ve been happier had their latest album started slightly higher than no. 38.

15) The KillsAsh & Ice debuts at no. 45, the final new album to grace the top 50.

Zayn, Mind Of Mine © RCA

16) Zayn’s Mind of Mine spends its 11th week on the Billboard 200.  Just where does it land? It fell 11 spots to no. 55 this week.

17) Perhaps the Coloring Book has been completely “colored” up to this point as it continues to wane.  This week, Chance The Rapper’s historic album slips 24 spots from no. 32 to no. 56 after four weeks in.

18) X Ambassadors see VHS improve 21 spots from no. 81 to no. 60 in week 50 on the charts.

The Lonely Island, Popstar © Republic

19) The Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping debuts tepidly at no. 69.  Sure, it is a soundtrack album but the comedy trio have performed much better on the charts in the past.

20) Train’s Does Led Zeppelin II debuts modestly at no. 71.  It’s not surprising though – it’s a covers album not highly promoted.

21) The MonkeesGood Times! Didn’t last so long – the album fell 63 spots from no. 14 to no. 77.

Kygo, Cloud Nine © RCA

22) Kygo’s Cloud Nine continues slipping down the charts, falling from no. 70 to no. 93 in its fourth week.

23) Kendrick Lamar sees untitled unmastered slip down the charts once more.  The set falls from no. 64 to no. 100.

24) Lil Uzi sees his set Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World improve 12 spots from no. 122 to no. 110.

25) Lacuna Coil’s Delirium plummets 114 spots from no. 33 to no. 147.  Phew!