The Chart Scoop | Shania Twain Takes ‘Now’ to No. 1
What’s the chart scoop this week? Shania Twain makes a big comeback with ‘Now,’ which easily debuts at no. 1. “Life’s About to Get Good” for Shania Twain.
It seemed inevitable. Now, it has happened. Shania Twain makes a comeback after a 15-year hiatus with Now. Unsurprisingly, said comeback tops the Billboard 200. Again, inevitable. Even though Twain seemed to have steep competition on paper (Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus), she easily debuted at no. 1. Now moved 137,000 units, with nearly 98% of that total being album sales. In the big scheme of things, 137,000 isn’t impressive, but given the current climate for album consumption, that’s excellent.
As for her competition, they didn’t fare nearly as well. Demi Lovato didn’t even settle for the runner-up spot – that would be the resurgence of Tom Petty following his death (Greatest Hits, no. 2). Tell Me You Love Me starts at no. 3, with 75,000 units. Less impressive are the sales, making up a so-so 64% of the units. Miley Cyrus arrives at no. 5 with Younger Now, with just 45,000 units, of which a little more than 73% were sales. Between Lovato and Cyrus, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie gets into the action, as The Bigger Artist lands at no. 4 with 67,000 units, of which just about 15% were album sales! Tamar Braxton (Bluebird of Happiness) and Tank (Savage) miss the top 10. The plight of R&B continues.
On the Billboard Hot 100, Cardi B remains the one to beat. For a third week, “Bodak Yellow” claims the no. 1 spot. Beyoncé certainly lit a fire under the J Balvin / Willy William hit “Mi Gente.” The remix launches “Mi Gente” into the top five (no. 3).
Billboard 200 Grooves
- Shania Twain debuts at no. 1 with Now, her first album in 15 years.
- Following his death, Tom Petty impacts the Billboard 200. His highest charting effort is his Greatest Hits (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) reentering the charts at no. 2.
- Demi Lovato debuts at no. 3 with Tell Me You Love Me.
- A Boogie Wit da Hoodie debuts at no. 4 with his debut album, The Bigger Artist.
- Miley Cyrus debuts at no. 5 with Younger Now. While it gives her another top-five album, it’s an underwhelming start.
- Tamar Braxton quietly debuts at no. 14 with Bluebird of Happiness. Her last two albums both debuted in the top-10.
- Macklemore sees Gemini slip from no. 2 to no. 19.
- Jhené Aiko see her top-five Trip end. The album slides from no. 5 to no. 21.
- Kevin Gates, like Macklemore and Jhené Aiko, experiences a sizable drop in week two. By Any Means 2 falls from no. 4 to no. 22.
- Tank debuts at no. 24 with Savage.
- Primus starts at no. 26 with The Desaturating Seven.
- Scream, the latest Michael Jackson compilation, debuts at no. 33.
- Foo Fighters keeps on moving down the charts. In its third week, Concrete and Gold slips from no. 17 to no. 39.
- Smokepurpp debuts at no. 42 with Deadstar.
- Rittz debuts at no. 43 with Last Call.
- Lecrae sees All Things Work Together slide from no. 11 to no. 57. Ouch.
- The Killers have a horrible second week. Wonderful Wonderful free falls from no. 1 to no. 59.
- PARTYNEXTDOOR debuts at no. 82 with Seven Days (EP).
- Wyclef Jean debuts at no. 112 with Carnival III.
- Hoodie Allen debuts at no. 166 with The Hype. Allen definitely deserved better numbers than this.
Billboard Hot 100 Jewels
- Cardi B spends a third week at no. 1 with “Bodak Yellow.”
- J Balvin & Willy William get a lift thanks to a remix of “Mi Gente” featuring Beyoncé. The hit ascends from no. 21 to no. 3.
- Portugal. The Man continues to thrive with “Feel It Still,” which ascends from no. 7 to no. 6.
- Imagine Dragons are making a thunderous impact with “Thunder,” which rises 10 spots from no. 17 to no. 7.
- Demi Lovato has big-time hit on her hands with “Sorry Not Sorry,” which ascend two spots from no. 10 to no. 8.
- P!nk sees “What About Us” improve four spots from no. 29 to no. 25.
- Camilla Cabello seems to have found her hit. “Havana” jumps from no. 44 to no. 29.
- Ed Sheeran sees “Perfect” ascend from no. 58 to no. 34.
- Post Malone sees “I Fall Apart” ascend 26 spots from no. 65 to no. 39.
- It’s been slow and steady for blackbear. “Do Re Mi” reaches its highest position yet, ascending five spots from no. 46 to no. 41.
- Bhad Bhabie debuts at no. 68 with “Hi Bich.”