With 80.94% of reports in, there isn’t much left to report today. Kendrick Lamar is headed for his second week at the top of the chart by a comfortable margin. The Empire Cast continues to lurk in second which is impressive since their show was not on last week. The album may be supporting itself and is getting airplay (which doesn’t happen often for these music themed shows). Granted, this is a bit of a dull week for the charts.
The top debut of the week so far is Action Bronson. Who? He is a combo rapper-chef from Flushing. IDK. He is currently battling the ever-popular (but not so popular this time) Kidz Bop. This is the 28th installment from the bopping kids with the often bizarre word edits (they wonder if “Your mouth will still remember the look of my love” (mouths see?), “Fill my cup, put some water in it” (couldn’t they have at least gone for something a little stiffer, like a cola? Needless to say, they skip the bit about getting freaky, sing “hot yah!”, and Michelle Pfieffer is in conjunction with White Gold, not White Gold herself) Blank Space gets a lot of edits including “some others” instead of “ex-lovers”. For some reason, One Republic’s “broken bone” gets changed to “broken heart”…Tedder didn’t mean THAT kind of bone. Sheesh). Anwyay, they are expected to sell in the 40K range which is a pretty big drop from their 27th album which opened in January with 74K. I wonder what happened. Still, it will be their 21st top ten debut (which they’ve only missed once since 2005). The album features songs by One Direction and Ella Henderson.
Taylor is holding steady at 5, Sam Smith surges back into the top 10 (as does his countryman Ed at 8), Earl Sweatshirt (with an album name that Kidz Bop would have to edit to “I don’t like sticks, Let us go outside”) is currently debuting at 7th (he is also a rapper, but his ability to cook is unknown). Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack holding steady at 9th and James Bay (singer-songwriter) rounds out the top 10.
Kelly Clarkson leads the charge for reality singing competitors at 27th, One Direction is at 38 (seeing an uptick in sales due to getting so much news this week?) and Carrie Underwood is 48th. One Direction also appears on Now 53 which is now 15th. Maroon 5 represents the judges at 16th.
Chart Date: 03/31/2015
Last Updated: 03/30/2015 18:04:41
Status: Building 80.94%
LW TW Artist / Album Label Sales Index
1 1 KENDRICK LAMAR TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY TDE/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE 85,816
2 2 EMPIRE CAST SOUNDTRACK, SEASON 1 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX/COLUMBIA 40,547
— 3 ACTION BRONSON MR. WONDERFUL ATLANTIC 35,845
— 4 KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 28 RAZOR & TIE 32,994
5 5 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 BIG MACHINE 28,475
12 6 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR CAPITOL 27,155
— 7 EARL SWEATSHIRT I DON’T LIKE SHIT, I DON’T GO OUTSIDE COLUMBIA 25,716
11 8 ED SHEERAN X ATLANTIC 22,083
7 9 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK REPUBLIC 21,551
— 10 JAMES BAY CHAOS AND THE CALM REPUBLIC 18,566
14 15 NOW 53 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW/LEGACY 15,269
18 16 MAROON 5 V 222/INTERSCOPE 14,180
22 27 KELLY CLARKSON PIECE BY PIECE RCA 7,358
50 38 ONE DIRECTION FOUR SYCO/COLUMBIA 5,123
44 48 CARRIE UNDERWOOD GREATEST HITS: DECADE #1 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 3,429
45 50 MIRANDA LAMBERT PLATINUM RCA NASHVILLE 3,405