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Shawn Mendes Debut Album Is Tops

April 23rd, 2015 9:25am EDT
Shawn Mendes Takes 'Handwritten' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Shawn Mendes wasn’t lying when he was singing “Something Big.” Surely he was anticipating his pending #1 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right Handwritten outperformed the competition to the tune of 119,000 units, most of which were album sales. Shawn Mendes, indeed is doing big things at a young age – he’s all of 16.

Mendes beat out more established artists who dropped new albums. Reba McEntire – a veteran by all means – settles for #3 with Love Somebody, moving a modest 62,000 units. As for Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb landed at #4, only producing 58,000 units. Interestingly...
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Who Took The Top Spot On The Billboard 200 This Week?

April 16th, 2015 11:56am EDT
‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack Bests All Time Low For Top Spot On The Bi
It was a good week to be a soundtrack, specifically the soundtrack to Furious 7. After ascending to the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 last week, Furious 7 sits atop the charts this week. The improvement in units from the previous week are quite substantial – 111,000 units this week versus 74,000 the previous week. Making Furious 7’s ascent on the Billboard 200 is what the soundtrack did on the Billboard Hot 100, namely “See You Again.”

“See You Again” did the unthinkable – killed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ vibe. How so? “See You Again” stopped “Uptown Funk” from breaking a tie for th...
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Wale Vs 'Furious 7' Soundtrack For No. 1 Spot

April 9th, 2015 8:22am EDT
Wale Takes ‘The Album About Nothing’ To Top of the Billboard Cha
The title of rapper Wale’s latest album is an unfortunate one – The Album About Nothing. From a critical standpoint, The Album About Nothing is another captivating effort from the MC who has compelled the world with three previous LPs. From a commercial standpoint, Wale claims his second consecutive number one album, following 2013’s The Gifted. While The Gifted performed better, Wale’s impact at 100,000 units is impressive given seemingly less aggressive promotion compared to The Gifted (single “Bad” was a sizable single at the time).

Wale led a number of ‘impactful’ new releases, th...
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Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Top Spot

April 2nd, 2015 9:33am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Number One Spot Warm For A Second Week
In one of the least shocking weeks on the Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s critically lauded To Pimp A Butterfly sits atop the charts for a second week. Shocking right – of course not – who was about to stop it? Sales and overall impact dropped, but not too harshly for a second week on the charts – the tune of 123,000 units and 107,000 copies (sales). Sales alone have nearly given Lamar a gold album at 431,000 copies.

Basically, examining this week’s charts, the competition wasn’t there. Yes, there were newbies, but the highest bowing new album – Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful, settled...
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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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