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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Tops Billboard Charts

March 26th, 2015 9:27am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Takes 'To Pimp A Butterfly' To Number One
After dropping a ‘five-star masterpiece’ with his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar reaps the benefits from topping the Billboard 200 – his first career number-one album. To Pimp A Butterfly easily topped the charts, selling 324,000 copies and impacting even more robustly with 363,000 units according to Billboard. The two best debuting albums of 2015 come by way of hip-hop efforts, an interesting fact. For Kendrick, he has definitely ‘come up.’

Kendrick Lamar might’ve been the star pupil of this week’s charts, but two others got in on some top 10 action. Modest Mous...
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'Empire' Wins The Day Over Madonna

March 19th, 2015 8:24am EDT
'Empire' Soundtrack Outpaces Madonna For Top Spot On The Billboa
Who would’ve ever thought that the iconic Madonna would miss out on a number one album? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week as Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire outpaced Madge’s Rebel Heart to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Empire impacted to the tune of 130,000 units, while Madonna’s 121,000 units left her settling for second place.

Luke Bryan wasn’t even mentioned in the tightly contested race for number one, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out always seemed to be aiming for third. Ultimately, the numbers aren’t earth shattering, but it is respectable the...
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Kelly Clarkson Has Done It Again!

March 12th, 2015 11:30am EDT
Kelly Clarkson Takes 'Piece By Piece' To The Top Of The Charts
Kelly Clarkson has done it again y’all – that is scored the number one album on the Billboard 200. What is almost harder to believe is that over the course of seven albums, Piece By Piece is only Clarkson’s third to open in the penthouse. Were the sales stellar? Absolutely not – the sales were below par. Clarkson sold only 83,000 copies in album sales (97,000 in total impact which is so-so). Compare the 83,000 copies to the opening of Clarkson’s last album, Stronger, which debuted at number two but sold a more robust 163,000 copies, even less notable than her album before that. Still, a...
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Does Big Sean Take The No. 1 Spot On Billboard This Week?

March 5th, 2015 9:19am EST
Big Sean Takes 'Dark Sky Paradise' To No. 1 On Billboard
Well, well, well! Big Sean finally had a big debut – contextually speaking. The Detroit rapper’s third album, Dark Sky Paradise debuts at number one following two previous top three albums. Not only did Dark Sky Paradise debut higher than his previous work, it also sold considerably more, moving 139,000 copies. With ‘total impact’ playing a total role, Sean’s numbers are more robust – the tune of 173,000. Is 2015 the year that Big Sean finally does big things?

Big Sean wasn’t the sole triumph this week. Kid Rock did well for himself, as First Kiss debuted in the runner-up slot. Int...
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Imagine Dragons Score First Number One Album On the Billboard 200

February 26th, 2015 12:33pm EST
Imagine Dragons
The ‘dragons’ no longer have to ‘imagine’ anything. Nope! In other words, Imagine Dragons scored this week, debuting atop the Billboard 200. Smoke + Mirrors not only impacted well overall (195,000 units), but also managed robust sales – 172,000 copies. Yes the Billboard 200 is putting more emphasis on the ‘total package’ or the 195K number cited first, but with albums selling so poorly, selling 172,000 copies itself is notable achievement.

After locking down number one last week with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake settles for the runner up slot, continuing to ‘impact’ so...
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Drake’s Surprise Album Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200

February 19th, 2015 9:02am EST
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
What’s a winning formula to top the Billboard 200? Well just release a surprise album of course – it’s simple! Actually it’s not that simple, but for a big-named artist like Drake who is used to topping the Billboard 200, it’s no surprise the element of surprise would bode well in his favor. Drake’s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late did well, selling 495,000 copies. Yes, that just sales – it impacted even more to the tune of 535,000 units according to Billboard. You don’t have to be well versed in Billboard’s formulas to conveying chart data to know that both 495,000 an...
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Taylor Swift Fends Off 'Now 53' To Stay Number One

February 12th, 2015 10:25am EST
Taylor Swift Fends Off 'Now 53' To Stay Number One: This Week in
Taylor Swift has done it again – locked up the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Yawn, right? Right. It’s no shock, even though Swift beat compilation Now 53 for second place by 9,000 ‘units.’ Now 53 did sell a respectable 99,000 copies, which Billboard notes is equivalent to all measurements of the compilation’s impact under the new formula. There’s nothing wrong with being number two, particularly when you are right next to a juggernaut. And that ladies and gentlemen is what Taylor Swift is – a juggernaut.

After Now 53, familiar titles by Ed Sheeran (X) and Sam Smith (In The Lo...
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Fall Out Boy Tops The Billboard 200: This Week In Music

January 29th, 2015 10:44am EST
Fall Out Boy
As unbelievable as it may be, for a second straight week, Taylor Swift is NOT sitting at number one. That statement is enough for all to utter a collective gasp of shock. Swift’s slippage is definitely Fall Out Boy’s gain, as the uniquely titled American Beauty/American Psycho scores FOB another number one album.

Fall Out Boy were previously in the penthouse for Infinity On High (2007) and Save Rock and Roll (2013). In sales alone, American Beauty/American Psycho outperformed their previous effort, delivering more robust January sales totals to the tune of 192,000 copies. Wonder wha...
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How Did Meghan Trainor's Album Do On The Billboard 200?

January 22nd, 2015 10:56am EST
Meghan Trainor Debuts Robustly Atop The Billboard 200
Meghan Trainor had a big week – particularly for the dead of January. After weeks of domination by chart queen Taylor Swift, Trainor seized the number one spot as Title sold a robust 195,000 copies. This does NOT happen in January folks! Throw in Billboard’s multi-faceted formula, and the impact of the “All About That Bass” singer’s debut is even more impressive. Meghan Trainor is doing big things and definitely had the most special week of the newbies on the chart. If only the other newbies had such numbers which to boast.

Besides Trainor’s bow atop the charts – not to mention the...
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Rae Sremmurd Debut At Number Four on Billboard 200

January 15th, 2015 10:27am EST
Rae Sremmurd Debut At Number Five on Billboard 200: This Week In
While the Billboard 200 wasn’t bursting at the seams with new albums, the top ten does welcome one newbie to the fold. Southern rap duo Rae Sremmurd – who indeed go stupid – debut at #5 with 30,000 copies sold of the oddly titled SremmLife. Those sales numbers are quite modest, with the ‘units’ proving to slightly be more robust. Still, SremmLife certainly doesn’t appear to be a savior to album sales by any means. There is only one album that appears to be really selling.

Everyone may be tired of hearing the same thing, but guess who’s number one again? Taylor Swift of course! Even a...
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