US Top 10 Albums

US Top 10 Albums Dated August 7th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | August 2, 2021

on the wings of a Bieber

US Top 10 Albums Dated July 31st, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | July 26, 2021

the cut and paste Pop Smoke isn’t all that

US Top 10 Albums Dated July 24th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | July 19, 2021

Olivia, Morgan. Dua, and that’s it for now

US Top 10 Albums Dated July 17th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2021

Olivia back at # 1

US Top 10 Albums Dated July 10th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | July 5, 2021

a strong selection of modern pop

US Top 10 Albums Dated July 3rd, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2021

She has dazzled 2021 since early January

US Top 10 Albums Dated June 26th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | June 21, 2021

not as good as the last one

US Top 10 Albums Dated June 19th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | June 14, 2021

not kiddie bop

US Top 10 Albums Dated June 12th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | June 7, 2021

Taylor has learnt how to game the charts

US Top 10 Albums Dated June 5th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | May 31, 2021

a consistent in sound and vision teenager trauma

US Top 10 Albums Dated May 29th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | May 24, 2021

second best opening week of 21

US Top 10 Albums Dated May 22nd, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | May 17, 2021

an anemic 61K EAUs

US Top 10 Albums Dated May 15th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | May 10, 2021

most weeks you need double that number to hit # 1

US Top 10 Albums Dated May 8th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | May 3, 2021

good mixer of drill and trap

US Top 10 Albums Dated May 1st, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2021

Young Thug and label on top

US Top 10 Albums Dated April 17th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | April 12, 2021

makes the entire Justice-Freedom 2021

US Top 10 Albums 7-4-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2015

James Taylor’s first number one album ever. How wonderful for him and sure, 96,000 copies sold isn’t exactly the smash Sweet Baby James was 45 years ago, still you play with the hand you’re dealt and this hand finds a terrific album at the top of the charts!

US Top 10 Albums 6-28-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 17, 2015

Just to gain some perspective on all this: 40% of the albums on this list have been on this list all year, and I mean that almost literally, maybe Meghan fell off for a week here and there but that is it. Everything else (where’s Willie?) kasts a week to three tops and disappears. Muse moved 79,000 units. That is anemic.

US Top 10 Albums 6-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2015

When is a hit album not a hit album? When it is by two of countries biggest stars and still only moves 30K units. To put it another way, including Grandkids and Great Grandkids, cousins, seconds cousin, and former bandmate’s next of kin, nobody else actually bought the damn thing. Talk about going to pot.

US Top 10 Albums 6-14-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 3, 2015

I know I am in the minority but I prefer A$AP Rocky’s new one to Kendrick’s new one, not lyrically and not rapping, but sound and song it is a masterful piece of work. Try “Acid”, “Excuse Me” and “Jukebox Joints” and then go in deep. Otherwise, I know a “C+” doesn’t seem impressive, but in the world of CCM it is the equivalent of an “A”

US Top 10 Albums 6-6-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 27, 2015

I bet Twenty-One Pilots are opening up the bottles oc champers, whatever the downsize of the music biz in 2015 might be, the upside is everybody gets to have a # 1 album. This is the seventh by a new act, this year. Meanwhile, in the smaller share US, the Billboards award catapulted Taylor, Meghan and Ed. Finally, Bradley Gilbert has a song with featured singers Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett. Or as we like it to call it, a breesome.

US Top 10 Albums: 5-30-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 20, 2015

Three albums in the top five are soundtracks and I bet more to come as the days roll by: ever since “Twilight” realized it could connect with the youngsters via indie bands, mainstream poppers have been circling the soundtrack compilation and now the eagle has landed. The result? While you might enjoy EDM pop moves on a single, or on a dance floor, one after another for 40 minutes? Not so much. Incubus? I’m a pass.

US Top 10 Albums 5-23-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 13, 2015

Say what you will, and I don’t much like the album myself, still as # 1’s go, Mumford And Sons 231,000 units sold is impressive in a field that has been averaging around the 75K range for a first week top of the charts. Yeah, I’m impressed but bemused. I have zero doubt, if it was their first album nobody would’ve noticed much.

US Top 10 Albums 5-16-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 6, 2015

I hope there never comes a time I my life, even if I am no longer writing about music, but merely a civilian buying tickets to Taylor Swift concerts like all you plebs (actually, I am a civilian buying Taylor tickets like all you plebs), when I can look at the names Zac Brown and Josh Groban at the top of the charts and not throw up in my mouth.

US Top 10 Albums 5-9-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 29, 2015

This is a little less volatile than usual, with only Alabama Shakes the shocker, and even AS only shifted 96K “equibalent units”. But this is a sort of quietly indiffrent week, backed by two soundtracks, and still, from 2015: Taylor, Sam, Ed and Meghan, plus Drake who will be holding up the new album now. Sam Hunt is unlistenable.

US Top 10 Albums 5-2-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 22, 2015

I can’t see or, more to the point, hear the pleasure in Shawn Mendes. I thought he was OK but slight at Jungle Ball in December, and, opening for Taylor Swift this summer, it is not possible for him to bring the one band stuff the way Ed Sheeran did in 2013. Amway, what a Halestorm of mediocrity.

US Top 10 Albums 4-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2015

Perhaps I am too cynical for the charts… so many albums come on and disappear and it doesn’t seem to really signify very much at all. From last week, Wale, Surfan Stevens and Ludacris are already gone, and I bet All Time Low will be gone before you know it. The moey isn’t in charting, it is in staying. It is Taylor, Ed , Sam and Adam -hanging on from LAST YEAR. As for F7… not a very good album in my opinion.

US Top 10 Albums 4-19-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 9, 2015

Not a bad top 10… nice to see my fave new album here, nice to see two of my fave holdovers from 2014 still hear, Kendrick didn’t crash and burn, Death Cab deserved some success with this one… there isn’t much I actively dislike. Ah, sweet zeitgeist tis of thee…

Top 10 US Albums 4-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2015

Kidz Bop Kids have had there moment and I am now here to officially tell you, it is over so please stop. A karoake strained cover of pop hits doesn’t improve because a bunch of little brats are singing it and by now any novelty at all is completely over with, so knock it off.

Top 10 US Albums 4-4-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 26, 2015

I read the Modest Mouse interview in Rolling Stone and found Isaac brock much more interesting in person than he is on record where he is a but on the dodgy side. And I say that well aware that the man is a danger to himself and everyone else. Eight years between albums, eh? Personally, I go back to No One Is First, And You’re next when I wanna get my quirk on.

US Top 10 Albums 3-27-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2015

If you add up the top three albums in unit sales you get around 350K, which means none of these albums are coming close to putting the charts on fire. Also, where is Kelly Clarkson and Brandi Carlile? Really? One week and out? Finally, “Empire”? Reaches 15 million viewers per episode, which means 1% of their audience bought (not bought, “equivalent album units”) the album. Terrif.

US Top 10 Albums 3-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2015

Impressed by Kelly? Really? She moved 83K units, or if you prefer, she completely blew it and it is a miracle she got to the top, a miracle or good planning, depending on your take. For sure, it ain’t great. Plus, where, exactly, is Kid Rock? I think the heart of the charts is stuck in place: 50, Tay, Drake, Maroon 5, Sam and Meghan., and the other four in flux. A little different than last year when the chart was much more volatile.

US Top 10 Albums 3-14-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2015

Ugh, if the year was based solely o the charts so far so iffy. The top three are all lousy, all of the albums are C or lower and except for Drake nothing from 2015 is all that thrilling at all. Big Sean was a real dig and Tyga ruins Brown’s best dance moves (Tyga? Cmon, guy). A real snooze of a list.

US Top 10 Albums 3-7-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2015

Well, Imagine Dragons had one job on earth and when you have one job and you do it, well, more power to you. Personally, with the exception of a song here and there I find them fairly abysmal but to add rock to EDM beats actually hit # 1… good for you.

US Top 10 Albums: 2-28-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 19, 2015

Sam and Beck got huge bumps from the Grammys but otherwise no big time action, right? More interesting, Drake in at # 1, for what amounts to a mix tape, nearly going gold , only digital, IN THREE DAYS. And with that, Drake gets a serious claim to Kanye (or Jay Z for that matter) crown.

US Top 10 Albums 2-14-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2015

Congrats to Tay for her 10th non consecutive week at the top though her actual amount of units sold is pretty bad, 71K. It shows yet again the sorry state of the pop world though it was a weak week (this week, February 2nd is even worse). Also, note Trainor got downgraded by me, there is just too much B+ stuff here. The EP was much better. PS: what happened to D’Angelo? That didn’t last long though the SNL “Really Love” might pop him back in

US Top 10 Albums: 2-7-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2015

That’s a turbo charged top three pop album, indeed the top Five is very good indeed. In a reversal of 2014, 2015 is one of the best January’s in living memory. It is like everyone I s saying, hey we don’t buy your dog deads of January (no, froze days…). Which works for me, fine. A good month so far.


US Top 10 Albums 2-7-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2015

That’s a turbo charged top three pop album, indeed the top Five is very good indeed. In a reversal of 2014, 2015 is one of the best January’s in living memory. It is like everyone I s saying, hey we don’t buy your dog deads of January (no, froze days…). Which works for me, fine. A good month so far.

US Top 10 Albums 1-31-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 22, 2015

I said Taylor was making a mistake when she brushed Meghan off with a text at Jingle Ball, I said Z-100 were making a mistake when they only gave her four minutes, I said Title was the best album of the week, last Jan 13th, I said the major rock critics (in lockstep: again) were being thickies when they dismissed it as mediocre. And I said it would be at # 1 this week. And I was right.

US Top 10 Albums 1-24-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 15, 2015

Tay nearing the 4 million mark and with “Style” making its way up the singles chart, I bet she adds another 2 million to it AND THAT IS LOCAL. The only new sign of life is Rae Sremmurd, who are kinda fun in their only little way. What else? Next week should see the end of the 1989 at the top after nine weeks -I think Mark or Meghan will unseat her. Stay tuned…

US Top 10 Albums 1-17-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2015

I am happily surprised to see “Into The Woods” in the top 10. Sure, it won’t do much compared to “Frozen” but it sure ain’t easy listening and I am just very pleased to note that enough people cared enough to listen. Sondheim is a great and every kid who could hear it and bought it, is better for it.

US Top 10 Albums 1-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2015

I feel about Taylor Swift in 2014 exactly how I felt about the Yanks in 1999, you knew they were unbeatable and you knew you weren’t rooting for the underdog or anything, but they are still your team and you love em!

US Top 10 Albums 12-20-14

By Iman Lababedi | December 11, 2014

Wow, this has only two new albums, we’re used to six or more. The disaster here is AC/DC, 175K with zero streaming for a band this big (and an album this great) is a major disaster. Of course, they will make it all back when they take their show on the road and sell out arenas from one side of the world to the other.

US Top 10 Albums 12-13-14

By Iman Lababedi | December 4, 2014

Billboard claim their new mix and match has affected the placement of Ariana Grande in firmaments, because it was streaming that accounted for enough of her sales to push her onto the top ten: “It moved 72,000 units for the week, heavily powered not just by album sales (47,000), but also track equivalent albums (19,000) and streaming equivalent albums (6,000)”

US Top 10 Albums 12-6-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2014

Four is the fourth # 1 by 1D and the last by the old system where Billboard only used sales (Alyson Camus wrote about it here) and it could be worse: sold nearly 400K and a good album. Every 16500 streams equals one album as far as Billboard goes and you can do the math but it comes to $0.015 per stream, Spotify pays $0.06

US Top 10 Albums 11-29-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2014

Now, Tay has reached 2 Million units moved she can await the topple next week when One Direction will take over the top place. In my 1D review earlier this week I claimed 300,000 units would be a hit for the band, it looks like it will be 400K. Plus, Harry is the subject matter of a certain song called “Styles”.

US Top 10 Albums 11-22-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 13, 2014

Here comes double platinum in Taylor’s rearview mirror, and we congratulate her, really but a special well done to Better Midler in at # 3 with a pretty good album, it’s the chart placing! Otherwise, jason pulled this albu off Spotify. The world yawns.

Top 10 US Albums, 11-15-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2014

Another way to look at it: of the top selling albums on the Billboard 200 chart for the week, 1989 sold more than Nos. 2-107 combined.”

US Top 10 Albums 11-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2014

I was somewhat surprised at the top two, though on the other hand the numbers are not all that startling. None of them are. If, next week, Taylor Swift sells as money copies as this entire top ten list times THREE, it will be considered a borderline failure.

US Top 10 Albums: 11-1-14

By Iman Lababedi | October 23, 2014

Jessie kinda blew right? But the two of interest I haven’t heard till now. Mo excuse. The Bob Seger one is so bad it makes you think Helen went easy on him and in a bad year for hip hop, the Game comes through yet again with another powerful collection chockablock with gangsta and guestars