Billboard Charts

Justin Bieber Beats Out One Direction For Top Spot

11/24/2015 8:17am EST
Justin Bieber Easily Tops The Billboard 200
It was expected to be a hard-fought battle – one comprised of scrapping, clawing and crazed tween girls! Ultimately, Justin Bieber handily outperformed British boy band One Direction for the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Both Justin Bieber and One Direction touted impressive, robust numbers, but the discrepancy between the two is shocking. Let’s break down the numbers, shall we?

Justin Bieber’s Purpose ended up impacting to the tune of 649,000 units, hence making Purpose the highest debuting album of 2015. Even considering that 80% of that total make up pure sales, that’s still a b...

Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...

CMAs Lift Chris Stapleton To Top Of Charts

11/10/2015 10:01am EST
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It’s amazing how quickly things can change in life. For underrated country musician Chris Stapleton, he went from unknown to hot commodity thanks to unexpected victories at the Country Music Association Awards. After his album, Traveller debuted at #14 earlier in 2015, this week, Stapleton finds himself at #1 on the Billboard 200. Crazy right? Furthermore, Stapleton made more than a dent on the charts this week, impacting to the tune of 177,000 units, with 86% of those being sales.

So with Stapleton receiving his just due, it also confirms that this week wasn’t a power week in new release...

5 Seconds Of Summer Bests Carrie Underwood

11/3/2015 8:30am EST
5 Seconds Of Summer Bests Carrie Underwood For No. 1 On Billboar
On the Billboard 200 this week, it was youth that prevailed in a race for the number one spot. In the end, Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer scored atop the Billboard 200 for a second consecutive time with Sounds Good Feels Good. While Sounds Good Feels Good was unable to top the numbers put up by their 2014 self-titled debut album, the 192,000 units easily trumped the more modest numbers put up by Pentatonix’s chart-topping album last week. Of those 192,000 units, 93% were pure sales.

As disappointing as it may be for the once unstoppable Carrie Underwood to be beat for the top spot, Unde...

Pentatonix Takes The No. 1 Spot On Billboard

10/27/2015 9:38am EDT
Pentatonix Edges Demi Lovato For No. 1 On The Billboard 200
It was a close fight on the Billboard 200 this week – a slugfest – but a cappella darlings Pentatonix came out on top, barely. The self-titled Pentatonix moved 98,000 units, with 90% of those being pure sales. Demi Lovato also moved 98,000 units, though only 79% of those units were pure sales. Neither album ‘blew it out of the park’ with both missing the magical 100,000 units/copies mark, but the numbers are respectable given the current poor sales climate for music.

Examining the sales another way, both Pentatonix and Demi Lovato outperformed new releases by Machine Gun Kelly and The G...

Selena Gomez Fends Off The Game For Top Spot

10/20/2015 10:19am EDT
Selena Gomez Takes ‘Revival’ To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Selena Gomez did it once again – debut in the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Enough folks were ‘revived’ by Gomez’s Revival to propel the pop artist’s fifth album overall (second solo album) to the penthouse. Overall, Revival impacted to the tune of 117,000 units, which is respectable. That said, only about 73% of that total (85,000 copies) is sales excluding streaming and tracks. Previous album Stars Dance was a stronger seller.

Even with Gomez padding her totals with streaming and tracks, Gomez would’ve still edged the other frontrunner for the top spot, The Game. The Game still...

Janet Jackson Makes History On Billboard 200

10/13/2015 8:30am EDT
Janet Jackson Takes 'Unbreakable' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
In relatively unsurprising news, comeback queen Janet Jackson debuts atop the Billboard 200 with Unbreakable, her first new studio album in a whopping seven years. Despite being somewhat underwhelming commercially in the 00s, Jackson was consistently good for topping the chart (four top-two debuting albums), including number one debuts with All For You (2001) and Discipline (2008). According to Billboard, Unbreakable gives “Ms. Jackson” a historic seventh no. 1 album. Props are definitely due to the iconic pop/R&B artist.

So much ado is made about Jackson’s seventh no. 1 for good reason, b...

Rap Newcomer Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors

10/6/2015 8:23am EDT
Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors On The Billboard 200
It’s a good week to be a “Trap Queen” – or something like that! Rap newcomer Fetty Wap sees his self-titled debut album take top honors on the Billboard 200. That’s right, Fetty Wap debuted at #1 on the big chart, to the tune of 129,000 units – not too shabby. Wait at minute – how much did Fetty Wap actually sell? 75,000 copies – 54,000 copies less than it impacted when streams and tracks are considered. But first place is first place, right?

Fetty Wap wasn’t the only story of the Billboard 200 this week. Don Henley lands in third place with Cass County, selling more copies than Fetty...

Drake And Future Take Top Honors

9/29/2015 9:02am EDT
Drake And Future Take ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ To No. 1
Lana Del Rey could practically taste her second no. 1 album – that is until Drake and Future totally ‘killed her vibe’ with surprise mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive. Expectedly, the superstar hip-hop collaboration was too much for the moody, alt-pop singer to overcome. In other words, her Honeymoon in the ‘penthouse’ wasn’t meant to be. Okay, okay, enough puns!

Drake and Future took top honors on the Billboard 200, to the tune of 375,000 units – WOW! This doesn’t outpace Drake’s earlier no. 1 album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late or the juggernaut that was The Weeknd’s Beauty Behin...

The Weeknd Keeps Top Spot For Third Week

9/22/2015 11:50am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Three Weeks At No. 1 On Billboard
For a third consecutive week, The Weeknd keeps the top spot on the Billboard 200 piping hot. Well, perhaps the 99,000 units that Beauty Behind The Music moved this week isn’t ‘the second coming’ but The Weeknd definitely has a good thing going for him. Three weeks in, Beauty Behind The Madness has moved around 655,000 units. Pure sales are less robust eliminating streaming and tracking from the formula, but still Beauty Behind The Madness is putting up some sales numbers as well – impressive!

Not only is The Weeknd getting it done on the Billboard 200, but also he is equally hot on the...

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