On the charts: Week ending 02/15

This week’s top 10 songs and albums on the Billboard charts (02/28 issue).

Hot 100
01. (01) Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk!” ft. Bruno Mars (*7 weeks*)
02. (02)  Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
03. (03) Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
04. (06) Rihanna, Paul McCartney & Kanye West – “FourFiveSeconds”
05. (04) Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
06. (09) Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
07. (05) Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
08. (08) Sam Smith – “I’m Not The Only One”
09. (07) Meghan Trainor – “Lips Are Movin’”
10. (18) Taylor Swift – “Style”

“Uptown Funk!” is now Bruno Mars’ longest running #1 single. A new Taylor Swift track makes an appearence in the top 10, it is her 3rd single “Style,” for which the artsy music video was released last week.

Billboard 200
01. (–) Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s too Late
02. (–) Various Artists – Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
03. (04) Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour 
04. (03) Ed Sheeran –  
05. (01) Taylor Swift – 1989
06. (06) Meghan Trainor – Title  
07. (02) Various Artists – Now 53
08. (39) Beck – Morning Phase
09. (15) Various Artists – 2015 Grammy Nominees
10. (09) Maroon 5 – V

Drake surprised everyone with his last minute mixtape turned into album. If You’re Reading This It’s too Late is an anticipation of his new studio album, Views From the 6, which is due later this year. It sold 495,000 copies in the period between Friday and Sunday and stole everyone’s thunder.

The clear contender for #1 this week was the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack which, boosted by the highly anticipated movie premiere, sold 210,000 copies. The rest of the top 10 still shows residues of the Grammy Awards effect, with Beck’s Album of the Year winning Morning Phase shooting to #8 after a full week. It sold 64,000 copies this week (up 466% from the 11,000 it sold last week).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
01. (01) Beyoncé – “7/11″ (*3 weeks*)
02. (02) Nicki Minaj – “Only” ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
03. (03) Big Sean – “I Don’t F*ck With You” ft. E-40
04. (04) Usher – “I Don’t Mind” ft. Juicy J
05. (05) Wale – “The Body” ft. Jeremih
06. (10) Nicki Minaj – “Truffle Butter” ft. Drake & Lil Wayne
07. (07) Ne-Yo – “She Knows” ft. Juicy J
08. (06) Drake – “How About Now”
09. (11) Chris Brown & Tyga – “Ayo”
10. (12) J. Cole – “Apparently”

A 3rd week at #1 for Beyoncé and two new tracks make their way into the top 10: “Ayo” by Chris Brown & Tyga and “Apparently” by J. Cole.

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