Billboard Charts

The Gaslight Anthem Land at #4 on Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

August 21st, 2014 9:20am EDT
The Gaslight Anthem
In a blasé August release week, Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack remains at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 copies. The numbers are solid considering the soundtrack sold 109,000 copies last week (no substantial drop), but worth noting is no album moved 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album, Now 51, was distant second place, selling 52,000 copies. Ouch!

Despite sluggish numbers, there were some new debuts. The Gaslight Anthem landed at #4 with its latest album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt sold 33,000 copies, which by no means is the second coming. Troy Sivan’s numbers ar...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack Ascends To #1: This Week In Music

August 14th, 2014 8:55am EDT
Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack Ascends To #1: This Week In M
On the Billboard 200, only one album managed to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. Most surprising is the fact that it’s an album that seemed to come out of nowhere. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack ascends to #1 after outperforming expectations it’s first week, debuting at #3 selling 60,000 copies. This week, Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 sells 109,000 copies.

Guardians of the Galaxy definitely killed the vibe of Now 51, which settles for second place, selling 94,000 copies. 94K is respectable, particularly given album sales throughout the course of 2014. Godsmack ...

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in Music

August 7th, 2014 10:44am EDT
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in
After a lengthy drought (understatement), Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers finally claim their first #1 album with Hypnotic Eye. Outperforming prognostications, not to mention the sales of the band's previous album (Mojo), Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies. Like so many other weeks throughout 2014, Tom Petty's veteran collective were the only album to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. This is even more disappointing to some extent because of the number of new albums that landed within the top 10.

Eric Clapton, another veteran musician, unsurprisingly debuts right behind Petty at #2. As re...

7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry

August 2nd, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry
Last year, Alanis Morrisette admitted many radio stations wouldn't play "You Oughta Know" off her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. The reason? They already had two women in rotation on the radio. For years, the music industry has presented its own set of challenges specific to women. Whether it's executives telling how a young pop star should sex up her act to not being taken seriously by critics within their music genre. There are, however, a group of women who are using their voices and their music as an opportunity to push back and change what's considered the norm within the music indust...

5 Seconds Of Summer Rock Their Way To The Top: This Week in Music

July 31st, 2014 2:05pm EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer Rock Their Way To The Top: This Week in Musi
“American Apparel underwear, rocking e’erywhere!” As prognosticated last week, 5 Seconds of Summer crash onto the Billboard 200 with a robust 259,000 copies of their debut album 5 Seconds of Summer sold. Honestly, there was never a doubt the Australian pop-punk band would find their way to the top. And by the word ‘honesty,’ that means there was no competition remotely close.

5 Seconds of Summer had this thing locked down like it was nothing! They once more have the distinction of being the only act to sell more than 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album only sold 37,000 c...

This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top

July 24th, 2014 4:00am EDT
This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top
“Weird Al” Yankovic did the unthinkable this week – debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200! That’s right, Weird Al’s latest album Mandatory Fun sold a robust 104,000 copies. Sure for other artists 104,000 copies might not be the ‘end all be all,’ but considering last week no albums surpassed the 100,000 copies mark and that comedy albums don’t generate those kinds of numbers, Al’s doing big things.

Jason Mraz was expected to put some pressure on Weird Al for top honors, and he did, coming up just short at 102,000 copies with Yes!. Even so, 102,000 copies is fantastic in the current market....

Sia Tops Billboard 200 in Sluggish Sales Week: This Week in Music

July 17th, 2014 8:30pm EDT
Sia Tops Billboard 200
Describing album sales as merely mediocre this week would be quite the understatement. Sales were nothing short of horrific, abysmal, and subpar. That said, Australian singer/songwriter Sia experienced a ‘good’ week contextually as her album 1000 Forms of Fear debuted at #1. The less optimistic news for the industry itself is that the #1 album only sold 52,000 copies. Think about it – the top album in the United States only 52,000 people bought!

No albums came close to the 100,000 copies mark this week – sheesh! Last week, only Trey Songz’s Trigga was able to get over the 100,000 cop...

Australian Singer Sia Lands First U.S. Number-One Album

July 17th, 2014 9:01am EDT
Australian singer/songwriter Sia's "1000 Forms of Fear" is number-one on the Billboard 200. The disc shot to the top spot while the singer promoted the work in an unsual way - by performing "Chanelier" with her back to the camera with dancers around her.

Sia's previous releases have failed to make the top 20. She is the niece of singer-songwriter Colin Hay of Men at Work.

In other Billboard news, the soundtrack to "Frozen" came in at number two, while Sam Smith's "In The Lonely Hour" holds at three. Rounding out the top five are Ed Sheeran's "X" and Trey Songz's "Trigga."

Heavy metal roc...

Trey Songz Tops With ‘Trigga’: This Week in Music

July 11th, 2014 9:48am EDT
Trey Songz Tops With ‘Trigga’: This Week in Music
Trey Songz once more has reason to celebrate. Despite selling just 105,000 copies of sixth album Trigga, a downgrade from his previous three LPs Chapter V, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, and breakout album Ready, it did secure the artist another #1 album. That’s right –Trey Songz took his salacious, libidinous, and hypersexual Trigga to the penthouse. #Swag.

To add more sweetness to Trey’s bittersweet numbers are three positive takeaways. The first is that Trey Songz far outclassed the second place album, Ed Sheeran’s former chart topper X by nearly doubling it up in sales (105,000 > 53,...

Ed Sheeran’s Excellent Chart Numbers: This Week in Music

July 3rd, 2014 9:40am EDT
Ed Sheeran’s Excellent Chart Numbers: This Week in Music
Ed Sheeran should be beaming "ear to ear." Why? According to, Sheeran moved 210,000 copies of his sophomore album, X (pronounced 'multiply'). That’s a healthy sum, particularly given the new normal that is album sales. With 210,000 copies sold, the takeaway for the British singer/songwriter is that he truly has a shot – at gold and maybe platinum.

Sheeran wasn’t the only artist experiencing a 'come up.' Rapper G-Eazy took his cocky and confident These Things Happen to #3. The 46,000 copies isn’t exactly 'the second coming,' but it's not too shabby either. Compared to ot...