Disney 'Descendants' Tops Billboard 200; Led Zeppelin, Drake Return to Top 10
Another week and another soundtrack on top of the Billboard 200 as Descendants, the newest Disney TV movie, manages to get its musical half to no. 1. The compilation moved a total of 42,000 units, which was the lowest number of albums moved by a no. 1 so far during 2015. It may have been a slow sales week, but Disney's not going to complain about another high entry for one of its soundtracks (Teen Beach 2 cracked the Top 10 earlier this year). This is the fourth soundtrack to top the Billboard 200 so far during 2015-the most since 2009-as Descendants follows Empire, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. We'll see if another title joins that list by the end of the year.
Future enjoys another week at no. 2 with his Dirty Sprite 2, which moved 37,000 copies during its third week. The set has spent all three of its weeks on the chart in the top two places.
Speaking of albums that have spent plenty of time near the top of the charts, you can bet Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran took advantage of the lull in sales last week. The former comes in at no. 3 with 1989, which moved another 35,000 copies in its 41st week. The latter performer is showing similar resilience, with x coming in at no. 4 during its 58th week on shelves. That record sold 30,000 copies.
Last week's no. 1, Jill Scott and Woman, fell to no. 5 by moving 27,000 copies of the album. That was barely enough to hold off Sam Hunt and Montevallo, which sold just less than 27,000 copies (good enough to take no. 6).
The only other new-new release to drop in the Top 10 this week (we'll explain "new-new" soon) was Lil Dicky and Professional Rapper, which dropped at no. 7 with 26,000 copies moved. That makes it the first comedy album to crack the Top 10 since Weird Al topped the charts last year.
Twenty One Pilots and Blurryface jump from no. 20 to no. 8 this week, thanks to the new release of the vinyl edition of the previous no. 1. Billboard reports that the new format brought in another 7,000 in sales, of the 25,000 equivalent copies moved last week.
Another new version of an otherwise old album cracked the Top 10 this week (going back to "new-new"). Led Zeppelin's rerelease of In Through The Out Door came in at no. 9 by moving 24,000 copies. The album spent seven weeks at no. 1 during 1979 but it'll settle for no. 9 right now.
One more previous no. 1 comes back to the Top 10 thanks to the slow sales week: Drake and If You're Reading This It's Too Late rounds out the list this week by moving another 23,000 copies. His recent domination of Meek Mill can't have hurt.