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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Lady Gaga Places Three Albums In Top 25

If you thought Lady Gaga‘s Super Bowl-fueled resurgence was limited to the Billboard Hot 100, you thought wrong.

Yes, as we reported here, the singer/songwriter gave fans about a million reasons to fall in love again with her hit-filled catalog when she took to the Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show.  And, fall in love they did. Boosting her set ‘Joanne’ and its second single, ‘Million Reasons,’ to the top of album and digital sales charts respectively, newly unveiled stats reveal the streaming response was equally as potent.

The result?  Gaga’s ‘Reasons’ hopped to a Hot 100 peak of #4 and its parent album to #2 on the Billboard 200.  Look inside to see where other prized offerings from her discography landed on this week’s refreshed “Chart Check”:

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Mariah Carey’s ‘I Don’t’ Makes Modest Debut

Mariah Carey is off to a slow start with her latest single, ‘I Don’t.’  

Branded a “breakup anthem,” the YG-assisted tune’s February 3rd premiere may have been greeted with fanfare after snippets built anticipation, but a full tracking week later it appears that interest waned.  Add to this, getting swamped in the fray of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Super Bowl’ extravaganza and promotional efforts pushing the chart titans ‘Bad & Boujee’ (Migos) and ‘Shape of You’ (Ed Sheeran), it appears Mimi’s comeback tune was forgotten.

And, while we hope next week’s charts see a boost after promotional appearances like her stint on ‘Kimmel,’ it’s not looking promising from where we stand.

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape’ Slides Back To #1

After a temporary dethronement by rap group Migos‘ viral hit ‘Bad & Boujee’ (read more about that by clicking here), Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Shape Of You’ has returned to the top of the Hot 100 this week.

Reigning atop the tally for the second non-consecutive week since its debut four weeks ago, the tune’s resurgence is certainly thanks to some handsome streaming radio airplay.  Billboard reports:

“With its official video having premiered Jan. 30, the song gains by 19 percent to 31.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music, and holds at No. 2 on the Streaming Songs chart. It increases by 11 percent to 115,000 downloads sold…”

Alongside ‘Castle on the Hill,’ ‘Shape’ serves as the leading single from Sheeran’s highly anticipated new album ÷’ (pronounced ‘Divide’) due in stores March 3rd.  But, before you rush to preorder the set, tuck in below to see who joined Sheeran on this week’s updated Hot 100 Chart Check:

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Migos Maintains Control With ‘Bad & Boujee’

Rap trio Migos’ inaugural chart-topper, ‘Bad & Boujee,’ is proving itself no fly-by-night hit.

Flown to the top of charts (like its predecessor ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmurd) thanks to a viral response on social media, ‘Bad’ can also thank some serious streaming and fair digital sales for keeping it atop the charts for a 3rd non-consecutive week.

Billboard reports:

“The track tops the Streaming Songs chart for a fifth week with 47 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen Music. It also leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart for a fifth week (19.7 million on-demand clicks).

“Bad” rebounds 4-3 on Digital Song Sales (51,000 downloads sold, down 25 percent) and jumps 27-23 on Radio Songs, gaining by 20 percent to 49 million in airplay audience.”

Curious to see who joined Migos on this week’s refreshed Hot 100?  Tuck in below to find out:
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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Migos’ ‘Bad & Boujee’ Bumps Ed Sheeran From #1

Just as quickly as he made history on last week’s Hot 100, it appears Ed Sheeran disappeared from the top of the chart.  As we previously reported, Sheeran’s comeback releases – ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’ – etched his name in history books as he became the first artist to simultaneously debut two new singles in the top 10 (#1 and #6 respectively).

The reign was short lived, however, as this week Migos – who Sheeran replaced at the chart’s summit last week to accomplish the history-making feat – have regained the position with their viral hit ‘Bad & Boujee.’

See who joins them in the top 25 of this week’s refreshed ‘TGJ Chart Check’:

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Ed Sheeran Makes Hot 100 History With New Singles

As we reported here last week, Ed Sheeran was in shape to make history with ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’ – the highly anticipated leading releases from his forthcoming album, ‘Divide.’

Now that the Billboard Hot 100 has refreshed, news has officially come in indicating the singer/songwriter has indeed penciled his name into history books for a jaw-dropping feat.

Billboard reports:

‘[Ed Sheeran] becomes the first artist ever to debut in the top 10 with two songs simultaneously, as “Castle on the Hill” follows with an entrance at No. 6.  [‘Shape’] rockets in powered most heavily by sales…240,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen Music.

Sheeran simultaneously starts at No. 6 on the Hot 100 with “Castle on the Hill,” which opens at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (171,000 sold)…

See who shares the top 25 with Sheeran by checking below:

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: The Weeknd’s ‘Star Boy’ Bounces Back To #1

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After two weeks of dominating the Billboard 200 thanks to holiday album sales and streams, vocal group Pentatonix gets pushed out of the top spot by The Weeknd‘s latest set ‘Star Boy.’

The project, his second chart-topper, debuted at #1 six weeks ago and stayed there for a week before being ousted by the competition.  This week, however, courtesy of some serious streaming, the album has been lifted back to the chart’s perch.

Billboard reports:

‘…[‘Star Boy’] climbs from No. 2 to No. 1 (for a second week in the penthouse) with 69,000 equivalent album units (down 26 percent) earned in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 18,000 were in traditional album sales (down 46 percent)…

Look below to see who joins the Canadian crooner in the top 25 of this week’s Billboard 200:

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: George Michael Moves Over 100,000 Units The Week After His Death

Singer’s Catalog Sales Rise Over 2,600% In Week Following Death

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As the music world is still reeling from the untimely death of Grammy-winning crooner George Michael, new fans and old are clinging to the singer’s prized discography to remember him.

And, while it’s by no means unusual for an artist’s catalog to see a boost in sales posthumously, some acts – as legends David Bowie, Whitney Houston, and Prince exhibited at the time of their passings – exceed even the highest expectations.  Now, Michael can add his name to that list.

Billboard reports:

“In the week ending Dec. 29, sales of Michael’s music — including with his former duo, Wham! — increased 2,678 percent (to 477,000 albums and songs, rounded to the nearest thousand) as compared to the previous week (17,000). Of the 477,000 total, album sales equaled 48,000 (up from just 1,000 the week previous), while song sales totaled 429,000 (an increase from 16,000 a week earlier).

In total, Michael/Wham! earned 103,000 equivalent album units during the tracking frame — a gain of 2,071 percent compared to the 5,000 units earned a week earlier.”

Tuck in below to see who joins George in this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:

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Chart Check [Billboard Hot 100]: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Bumped From #1

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As reported here, The Weeknd‘s ‘Starboy’ was behind Rae Sremmurd‘s #1 hit, ‘Black Beatles,’ on the Hot 100 for so long it actually tied the all-time record for most consecutive weeks at #2.  Finally, after a $.69 iTunes sale, the Daft Punk-assisted tune finally ascended to #1 last week, giving Weeknd his third chart-topper.

Now, as the refreshed Hot 100 reveals, that sale may have been just what the doctor ordered to get him to #1, but it damn sure wasn’t enough to keep him there.  For, after just 1 week of topping the tally, he’s already been ousted from its perch.

Curious to see who its new occupant is?  Tuck in below to see and also find out whom among your faves landed in this week’s new TGJ Chart Check:  Hot 100…

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: The Weeknd Finally Ascends To #1 With ‘Starboy’

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Thanks to a $.69 “holiday sale” on iTunes, ‘Earned It’ singer The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) has finally earned his third #1 single on the Hot 100.

14 weeks after its debut (and after a lengthy 8-week run at #2 behind rap duo Rae Sremmurd‘s smash single ‘Black Beatles’), ‘Starboy’ – the title track to Tesfaye’s third album (which hit #1 on the Billboard 200) – ascended to the tally’s perch on the wings of strong digital downloads and streaming performance.  Billboard reports:

[‘Starboy’ logged] the chart’s greatest week-over-week sales gain (up 28,000), surging by 49 percent to 86,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 22. “Starboy” tops the Hot 100 after eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 2, tying for the most weeks spent at No. 2 before leading the list. It matches Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry,” which ruled at last on the Jan. 23, 2016, chart, and OutKast‘s “The Way You Move,” featuring Sleepy Brown (Feb. 14, 2004).”

Congratz are certainly in order for Weeknd and his ‘Starboy’ co-stars Daft Punk.  The achievement marks the group’s first run at #1 in the U.S.

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: J. Cole Makes Streaming History With New Album ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

Rapper Dominates With 4th Consecutive Chart Topper

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As we’ve previously indicated, now is a good time to be a guy named J. Cole.

Indeed, as if seeing his new album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only,’ conquer charts with a whopping 492,000 units moved wasn’t enough (the third largest figure of the year), he made history by seeing every song from the project crack the top 40.

Now, Billboard reports Cole has even more reason to celebrate:

4 Your Eyez Only also logs a big streaming week as it tallied 118,000 in SEA units (equaling 176.9 million streams of the album’s songs), which is the second-largest streaming debut ever for an album. It trails only the bow of Drake’s Views, which launched with 163,000 streaming units in its opening frame (equating to 245.1 million streams of songs from the album that week). 4 Your Eyez Only is just the third album to surpass 100,000 streaming equivalent album units in a single week, following Views and The Weeknd’s Starboy (with its opening frame of 117,000 in SEA units).

Tuck in below to see who joined Cole this week on the refreshed Billboard 200:

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Every Song From J. Cole’s New Album Hits Top 40

Rapper Takes Up 25% Of Top 40 By His Lonesome

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It’s pretty safe to say now is a great time to be J. Cole.

The rapper, whose ‘surprise’ album ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ came with just a week notice, took no one by surprise when it topped the Billboard 200 with a monstrous figure.  However, we’re sure a few jaws dropped when perusers took a peek at the Hot 100 to see Cole’s name listed 10 times in the top 40 alone!  That’s right, every single song on the emcee’s newest opus simultaneously charted.  If that’s not enough, two cuts not featured on the official tracklist – ‘Fasle Prophets’ and ‘Everybody Dies’ – are also in the Hot 100.

The amazing feat puts him in the company of serial hitmakers The Weeknd, Beyonce, Drake, and Justin Bieber, all of whom have placed all of the content of their respective most recent albums in the Hot 100.

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