Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 2000 Comments

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Posted on 11 Jun 2015 at 9:12am

Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful © Island

Men, women, and children everywhere, get ready for a total shocker on the albums chart this weekFlorence + The Machine scores its first #1 album of its career with How Big, How Big, How Beautiful.  Total shocker right? – Totally NOT as all indications suggested that front woman Florence Welch and company was about to “come up.” Kudos, as the alternative band impacted to the tune of 137,000 units, most of which were sales themselves.  Compared to the opening performance of previous album Ceremonials, how does the sales of How Big… compare? In sales alone, How Big… wins, with about a 25,000 copies edge.

Florence + The Machine win the crown, but they weren’t the only artists to win a spot within the top 10.  Jason Derulo would benefit from his ever-growing number of hits as Everything Is 4 fittingly enters the chart at #4.  Compared to his previous album Talk Dirty, his sales are down, and the 37,000 moved is combination of streaming and sales.  The verdict for Mr. Derulo’s commercial fortunes with album numero cuatro – seems so-so. 

One other album broke through to top 10 glory – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s joint album, Django and Jimmie at #7.  Considering their ages – 82 and 78 respectively – the 31,000 units put up by these two is quite respectable.  Still, arguably the greatest thing about the album is the fact that it’s lead single is hilariously titled, “It’s All Going To Pot.” How ironic, right? 

So there are basically three newbies on the Billboard 200 at nos. 1, 4, and 7.  The rest of the top10 is exactly what you’d expect – “Old Faithful” aka the same names that have been keeping the top 10 warm all year, even if a few shift in and out.  So rather than rave about Taylor Swift remaining in the runner-up spot for the third consecutive week, how about dabbling into some subtle changes? A$ AP Rocky drops from chart champ to third place with At.Long.Last.A$ AP.   A drop by Rocky was expected, but maybe the biggest surprise is that for once, there is only ONE soundtrack in the top 10 – Pitch Perfect 2 at #6.  Goodbye Fifty Shades of Grey and Furious 7 – “Nice knowing ya.” 

On the Billboard Hot 100, for an eighth nonconsecutive week, Wiz Khalifa sits at #1 with “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth.  So where is “Bad Blood” this week? For the second week following its sole week at the penthouse, the Kendrick Lamar assisted Taylor Swift joint settles for runner-up.  As the old saying goes, “you can’t win ‘em all!” 

So how do next week’s fortunes look on the Billboard 200? Well, sort of quiet.  The biggest album that dropped this week came courtesy of Muse’s Drone.  As of late, the British alternative band has been on a roll, scoring two top three albums – Uprising (2009, #3) and The 2nd Law (2012, #2).  Can Muse score its first #1 album like Florence + The Machine did this week? It seems quite possible. 

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