Chart Watch: A 'Wonderful' debut for the Killers

Paul Grein
Writer
The Killers score first No.1 US album with ‘Wonderful Wonderful’

The Killers‘ Wonderful Wonderful enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1, bumping off Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold.  This marks the first time in nearly a year that rock bands have debuted at No. 1 in back-to-back weeks. This last happened in October/November 2016 when Kings of Leon’s Walls displaced Green Day’s Revolution Radio.

Wonderful Wonderful is the Killers’ first No. 1 album. The band previously climbed as high as No. 2 in October 2006 with Sam’s Town. All five of the Killers’ studio albums have made the top 10.

Wonderful Wonderful also enters the Official U.K. Albums Chart at No. 1. All five of the band’s studio albums have made No. 1 in the U.K. The Killers are the first non-English act to top the U.K. album chart with its first five studio albums. Three English bands have equaled or bettered the feat. Oasis and Coldplay have reached No. 1 with their first seven studio albums. Arctic Monkeys have done it with their first five.

The Killers hail from Las Vegas, Nev., the site of last night’s shooting atrocity.

Top Songs

Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” holds at No. 1 for the second week in its 13th week on the Hot 100. Cardi B is the just fourth female rapper to top the Hot 100 for two or more weeks. She follows Lauryn Hill, whose first solo hit, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” spent two weeks at No. 1 in November 1998; Lil’ Kim, who reigned for five weeks in June 2001 with “Lady Marmalade,” a co-equal collabo with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk; and Iggy Azalea, whose debut hit “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) spent seven weeks on top in June and July 2014.

“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” holds at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the fifth week. This is the longest run at No. 1 on that chart by a female lead artist since Rihanna’s “Work” (featuring Drake) logged 11 weeks at No. 1 in early 2016. It’s the longest run at No. 1 by a female lead artist with no featured artists since Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” logged six weeks on top in late 2014.

Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (featuring 21 Savage) holds at No. 2 in its second week.

Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” holds at No. 3 in its sixth week. The song spent three weeks on top.

Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” (featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) holds at No. 4 in its 22nd week. The song has climbed as high as No. 3.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber) holds at No. 5 in its 37th week. The song spent a record-tying 16 weeks at No. 1. “Despacito” is falling at a slower pace than “One Sweet Day,” the Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men smash that was the only previous single to spend 16 weeks at No. 1. Five weeks after it ended its run at No. 1, that ballad dropped from No. 15 to No. 17. “Despacito” will top the 2.5 million mark in digital sales next week. It’s currently at 2,482,000.

French Montana’s “Unforgettable” (featuring Swae Lee) holds at No. 6 in its 25th week. The song peaked at No. 3.

Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” jumps from No. 10 to No. 7 in its 15th week. The song moves up to No. 1 on Top Rock Songs, displacing Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” which spent 29 weeks on top. That was just one week shy of the all-time record, which was set earlier this year when Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” logged 30 weeks on top. “Feel It Still” logs its 15th week at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart. Only one song has had a longer run at No. 1 on the alternative chart in this decade—Muse’s “Madness,” which spent 19 weeks on top in 2012-13.

Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” dips from No. 7 to No. 8 in its 34th week. The song peaked at No. 4.

Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” (featuring Nicki Minaj) dips from its No. 8 peak to No. 9 in its 13th week.

Demi Lovato lands her fourth top 10 hit as “Sorry Not Sorry” jumps from No. 15 to No. 10 in its 12th week. Lovato’s previous top 10 hits were “This Is Me,” a collabo with Joe Jonas (No. 9), “Skyscraper” (No. 10) and “Heart Attack” (No. 10). “Sorry Not Sorry” is the first single from Lovato’s sixth studio album, Tell Me You Love Me, which is on track to debut at No. 2 next week.

Charlie Puth’s “Attention” drops from No. 9 to No. 11, even though it rules the Radio Songs chart for the fourth week.

After spending the past two weeks at No. 11, Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands” is forced down this week. Will this record ever make the top 10? Stay tuned.

Imagine Dragons land their sixth top 20 hit as “Thunder” jumps from No. 30 to No. 17 in its 22nd week. Four of those songs have one-word titles: “Radioactive,” “Demons,” “Believer” and now “Thunder.” The song was boosted by its appearance in an ad for Microsoft Surface Laptop. “Thunder” jumps to No. 1 on Top Digital Songs. It’s the group’s first No. 1 on this chart. The group peaked at No. 2 with both “Believer” and “Radioactive.” “Thunder” made No. 1 even though it sold just 65K copies during the week. That’s the lowest sales tally for a song at No. 1 on this chart since January 2016, when Beyoncé’s “Check on It” (featuring Bun B) topped the chart with sales of just 61K. Back then, digital sales were on their way up. Now, they’re on their way down.

Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes,” which debuted at No. 5 two weeks ago, logs its third week at No. 1 on The Official U.K. Singles Chart. This is Smith’s longest reign in his home country. It surpasses “Lay Me Down” (featuring John Legend), which spent two weeks on top in 2015.

BTS’ “DNA” jumps from No. 85 to No. 67 in its second week, becoming the highest-charting song ever by a K-pop group. It tops Wonder Girls’ “Nobody,” which reached No. 76 in 2009. BTS is the second K-pop act to chart an almost entirely Korean-language song on the Hot 100. The first was PSY, whose “Gangnam Style” peaked at No. 2 for seven weeks in 2012.

Top Albums

Macklemore lands his third top five album as GEMINI, his first solo album in nearly 13 years, debuts at No. 2. Macklemore previously made the top five with a pair of albums with partner Ryan Lewis.

Lil Uzi Vert’s first full-length album, Luv Is Rage 2, dips from No. 2 to No. 3 in its fifth week. The album debuted at No. 1. The album includes his former top 10 hit, “XO Tour Llif3.”

Kevin Gates makes his second trip to the top five as his mixtape By Any Means 2 vaults from No. 100 to No. 4 in its second week. Gates first cracked the top five when his first full-length album, Islah, debuted at No. 2 in February 2016.

Jhené Aiko makes her fourth trip to the top 10 as Trip debuts at No. 5. This tally includes an EP (Sail Out) and an album she recorded with Big Sean and released under the name TWENTY88.

Post Malone’s Stoney rebounds from No. 10 to No. 6 in its 42nd week. This equals its highest ranking to date, established when it debuted at No. 6.

Imagine Dragons’ Evolve inches up from No. 8 to No. 7 in its 14th week. The album debuted and peaked at No. 2.

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. drops from No. 4 to No. 8 its 24th week. The album has logged four weeks at No. 1.

Khalid’s American Teen drops from No. 6 to No. 9 in its 30th week. The album peaked at No. 4. The album includes his former top 20 hit “Location.”

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ inches up from No. 11 to No. 10 in its 30th week. The album spent its first two weeks at No. 1.

Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes drops from No. 3 to No. 13 in its third week. The album debuted at No. 1. The album logs its third week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. It’s the first album to spend its first three chart weeks at No. 1 on the country chart since Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Collection in December.

Four other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold drops from No. 1 to No. 17. XXXTENTACION’s 17 drops from No. 5 to No. 12. BTS’ Love Yourself: Her drops from No. 7 to No. 25. Big & Rich’s Did it for the Party drops from No. 9 completely off The Billboard 200.

Lecrae makes his sixth trip to the top 20 as All Things Work Together debuts at No. 11. This represents a drop from his last two studio albums, Gravity (No. 3 in 2012) and Anomaly (No. 1 in 2014).

Fergie’s long-awaited sophomore album, Double Dutchess, debuts at a deeply disappointing No. 19. Fergie’s first solo album, The Dutchess, debuted at No. 3 in October 2006 and peaked at No. 2 in its 51st week on the chart in September 2007. The album spawned five top five hits on the Hot 100.

The Moana soundtrack drops from No. 19 to No. 32 in its 45th week. The album peaked at No. 2.  It’s No. 1 on Top Soundtracks for the 23rd week. Moana has sold 818K copies in traditional album sales.

Ed Sheeran’s x rebounds from No. 66 to No. 57 in its 171st chart week. The album debuted at No. 1. The album returns to No. 1 on Top Catalog Albums, displacing Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits. This is its sixth week on top of the catalog chart. That’s longer than any other album has spent on top of the catalog chart this year. x has sold 2,230,000 copies in traditional album sales.

Coming Attractions: Look for Shania Twain’s Now to debut at No. 1 next week. Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me and Miley Cyrus’ Younger Now are on track to debut at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.