Matchbox Twenty and Taylor Swift Rule the Charts

90’s rockers Matchbox Twenty grab their first # 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with their sixth album, North. Surprisingly their massive debut album only hit # 5, but the boys can finally say they’ve hit the top of the album charts. They beat out debuts from Alternative rockers Imagine Dragons, Christian rapper (yes, you read that right) Lecrae and singer/songwriter Cat Power. Debuting outside the top ten with her latest is Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge who comes in at # 18 with 4th Street Feeling. For more on these numbers and this chart, head to Billboard here and check out the new top ten below.

Top Ten Albums on the Billboard 200:
1. North- Matchbox Twenty (debut)
2. Night Visions- Imagine Dragons (debut)
3. Gravity- Lecrae (debut)
4. Now 43- Various Artists (last week~ 4)
5. Blown Away- Carrie Underwood (lw~8)
6. Overexposed- Maroon 5 (lw~ 6)
7. Based on a T.R.U. Story- 2 Chainz (lw~ 7)
8. Eye on It- tobymac (lw~ 1)
9. Chapter V- Trey Songz (lw~ 3)
10. Sun- Cat Power (debut)

Over on the Hot 100, Taylor Swift rides a post-VMA performance wave to return to the summit with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” making it 3 non-consecutive weeks on top of that chart. That also gives it the distinction of being the longest running # 1 country song on that chart. (However, I use the term country loosely, cuz honestly there is NOTHING country about the song. So, I say the record is B.S.)… Anywho, she holds off a surging Maroon 5 and P!nk who flies back into the top ten at # 6 and Alex Clare who lands his first top ten single at # 10 with “Too Close”. Take a look at the new top ten below.

Top Ten Singles on the Hot 100:
1. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”- Taylor Swift (lw~ 2)
2. “One More Night”- Maroon 5 (lw~ 3)
3. “Whistle”- Flo Rida (lw~ 1)
4. “Some Nights”- fun. (lw~ 5)
5. “Lights”- Ellie Goulding (lw~ 4)
6. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”- P!nk (lw~ 11)
7. “As Long As You Love Me”- Justin Bieber w/ Big Sean (lw~ 9)
8. “Everybody Talks”- Neon Trees (lw~ 6)
9. “Good Time”- Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen (lw~8)
10. “Too Close”- Alex Clare (lw~ 15)

And here’s Matchbox Twenty’s latest top 40 hit “She’s So Mean” from their new # 1 album.

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