At this point all we can say is “wow.”
As we’ve reported over the last several weeks, Adele, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna have had a relentless control over the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 since their most recent albums (and singles from those albums) first burst onto the scene.
Addy and Bieber saw their ’25’ and ‘Purpose’ projects respectively released in November 2015 and have not once left the top 5 of the Billboard 200 since. Similarly, since her first full week of sales, Rih’s latest number – ‘Anti’ – has yet to leave the chart’s highest quintet of positions.
The true test of their staying power was passed when not one, but two impressive debuts landed on charts in the form of Gwen Stefani‘s ‘Truth’ and Jordan Smith‘s ‘Something Beautiful.’ However, despite the sets bowing at #1 and #2 on the refreshed charts, not even the popularity of their respective offerings was enough to oust the trio out of the top 5.
See this week’s updated chart check below: