Two weeks ago, David Bowie’s final album Blackstar would dethrone Adele’s record-breaking 25 after it spent seven consecutive weeks at number one. While Bowie wouldn’t retain the top spot the following week, Panic! At The Disco would score its first number one album with Death of a Bachelor. Both weeks, 25 had to settle for runner-up as opposed to “ruling the roost.” Not this week friends – no sir!
After a two-week break – call it a vacation – Adele returns to a familiar, fitting spot at number one. This week marks the eight nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse for the British powerhouse. The numbers don’t compare to the formidable ones she posted early on during 25’s peak, but her 116,000 units was enough to reclaim her perch. Of those 116,000 units, about 84% were actual sales.
Adele wasn’t the only artist to rebound. Justin Bieber hasn’t been able to surpass Adele in the sales or streams department, but Purpose has remained one of the most popular albums since being released one week prior to Adele’s 25 back in November 2015. While it’s still stuck behind 25, Purpose moves back to #2, a spot it’s kept warm for much of its chart tenure. Not surprising considering how well Bieber’s singles are performing on the Billboard Hot 100.
Speaking of the Hot 100, Justin Bieber continues to prosper – no questions asked. This week it’s no longer “Sorry” that is tops though – it’s “Love Yourself.” Whether you hate or love Bieber, the dude has “done work” on the Billboard Hot 100 with his Purpose album. Three number one hits: “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry” and now “Love Yourself.” Adele can’t say the same in that regard! But, let’s go back to the Billboard 200.
Now to address the elephant in the room – are there any top 10 debuts worth noting? The answer is yes – it’s NOT all about Adele and Justin Bieber! Metal veterans Megadeth land at #3 with Dystopia, impacting to the tune of 49,000 units. The numbers aren’t game changing, but for rockers past their lucrative prime, give Megadeth some credit. What’s the other top 10 debut –The 2016 Grammy Nominees compilation that debuts at #9 selling 31,000 copies. Again, nothing spectacular but “it is what it is.”
The rest of the top 10 belongs to familiar names. A couple of things stand out. First, Panic! At the Disco sees their former #1 Death of a Bachelor slip to #5, taking a gargantuan hit in overall impact (sales, streams, tracks, etc.). Secondly, David Bowie’s Blackstar spends a third week in the top 10. This week actually marks the first week outside of the top five (#6). Finally, Bryson Tiller continues to do well for himself as TRAPSOUL clings onto the #10 spot.
Who’s got next on the Billboard 200? There’s plenty of fresh blood that should make an impact – Rihanna’s Anti, Sia’s This Is Acting, and Charlie Puth’s Nine Track Mind are among the hottest new music releases. You might also throw in Kevin Gates’ Islah and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Let Me Get By. Rihanna is the best bet, coming as a surprise. Where will Adele’s 25 land next week with increased competition? What about Bieber?