Chart Watch: Taylor Swift holds at No. 1, blocking her early mentors, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Paul Grein
Writer

Taylor Swift’s Reputation tops the Billboard 200 for the second week, blocking the path of Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s The Rest of Our Life, which debuts No. 2. McGraw and Hill were early mentors to the then-teenaged country star on the rise. Swift’s first single, in 2006, was titled “Tim McGraw.” Swift was an opening act on selected dates of the pair’s top-grossing Soul2Soul tour in 2007. Years later, Swift and McGraw collaborated on the hit “Highway Don’t Care” (which also featured Keith Urban on guitar).

Reputation is the first album to spend its first two weeks at No. 1 since Jay-Z’s 4:44 achieved the feat over the summer. That simple feat is surprisingly hard to achieve in an era when albums have a big burst in their first week and then fall off sharply in Week 2. It’s the first album by a female artist to achieve this feat since Adele’s 25 spent its first seven weeks at No. 1 in late 2015 and early 2016.

Reputation is Swift’s fourth consecutive album to spend at least its first two weeks at No. 1. Speak Now spent its first two weeks on top. Red and 1989 each spent their first three weeks on top. Only one other artist — Jay-Z — has spent his first two weeks at No. 1 with his last four studio albums. The albums that contributed to Jay-Z’s feat: The Blueprint 3Watch the Throne (a collabo with Swift’s nemesis, Kanye West), Magna Carta…Holy Grail and4:44.

Reputation sold 232K copies this week (in traditional album sales), which pushes its total to 1,449,000 in just two weeks. It is more than 500K ahead of its nearest rival, Ed Sheeran’s Sheeran’s ÷ , which has sold 945K (in traditional album sales) so far this year.

The Rest of Our Life is McGraw’s 18th top 10 album; Hill’s fifth. This is McGraw’s 14th consecutive studio album to make the top five — a streak that stretches back to his 1994 breakthrough album, Not a Moment Too Soon. Hill has been inactive for a long time. This is her first non-holiday studio album since 2005.

The Rest of Our Life enters Top Country Albums at No. 1, displacing Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation. It’s McGraw’s 16th album to top the country chart; Hill’s fourth. This marks the fourth time a married couple has had a No. 1 album on the country chart. Previous married couples to achieve this feat were Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge (Full Moon, 1973), Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter (Wanted! The Outlaws, 1976, a four-way pairing with Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser), and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (A Christmas Together last year). Note: George Jones and Tammy Wynette had divorced by the time they topped the country album chart with United Talent in 1976.

Top Albums

Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All dips from No. 2 to No. 3 in its third week. The album debuted at No. 1.

Garth Brooks lands his 19th top 10 album as The Anthology: Part I debuts at No. 4. Only one country artist has amassed more top 10 albums. That’s George Strait, with 20. The five-CD collection is Brooks’ fourth box set to crack the top 10. It follows the 10-CD The Ultimate Collection (No. 6, 2016), the six-CD Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences (No. 1, 2013) and the six-CD The Limited Series (No. 1, 1998).

Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas rebounds from No. 17 to No. 5 in its 17th chart week. The album spent two weeks at No. 1 in its first holiday season. This is the fourth consecutive Christmas season that Pentatonix has cracked the top five with a holiday album.

A Pentatonix Christmas tops the 1 million mark in traditional album sales this week. It’s Pentatonix’s second holiday album to become a million-seller.That’s Christmas to Me, released in 2014, is up to 2,089,000. A Pentatonix Christmas holds at No. 1 on Top Catalog Albums for the third week. That’s Christmas to Me topped the catalog chart for a total of 15 weeks in 2015-16. An earlier EP, PTXmas, topped the catalog chart for one week in 2013.

The group has a TV special, A Very Pentatonix Christmas, airing Monday night, Nov. 27.

P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma rebounds from No. 16 to No. 6 in its sixth week. The album debuted at No. 1. The resurgence is due to P!nk’s astonishing outdoor aerial performance on the AMAs. Beautiful Trauma tops the 500K mark in traditional sales this week. It’s just the ninth album to cross that threshold so far this year; the second by a female artist (following Swift’s album).

Maroon 5’s Red Blue Pills holds at No. 7 in its third week. The album debuted and peaked at No. 2.

Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 rebounds from No. 11 to No. 8 in its 13th week. The album debuted at No. 1.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ drops from No. 5 to No. 9 in its 38th week. The album spent its first two weeks at No. 1.

Post Malone’s Stoney drops from No. 4 to No. 10 in its 50th week. The album peaked at No. 4.

Five albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon drops from No. 3 to No. 11. Without Warning, a collaboration by 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin, drops from No. 6 to No. 14. Evanescence’s Synthesis plummets from No. 8 to No. 177. Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation dives from No. 9 to No. 96. Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore drops from No. 10 to No. 13.

The Moana soundtrack jumps from No. 48 to No. 46 in its 53rd week. The album peaked at No. 2.  It’s No. 1 on Top Soundtracks for the 31st week. But its long reign may be coming to an end. Disney’s new Coco soundtrack will chart next week. That movie was No. 1 at the box office over the weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 tops the 2 million mark in traditional album sales this week. The album spent two weeks at No. 1 in August 2014.

Coming Attractions: Look for big debuts next week by Blackbear’s Cybersex and a Fabolous/Jakakiss collabo, Friday on Elm Street. Also due: albums by Björk, Luis Miguel, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Top Songs

Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (featuring 21 Savage) logs its seventh week at No. 1. The song has spent each of its first 10 weeks at No. 1 or No. 2. “Rockstar” logs its seventh week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug) holds at No. 2 for the fourth week in its 15th week on the chart. The song sold 85K digital copies this week, which enables it to log its second week at No. 1 on Top Digital Songs. It’s the first song to spend two consecutive weeks at No.  on this chart since Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber) had 16 consecutive weeks in the lead. It’s the first female-fronted song to spend two consecutive weeks at No. 1 since Adele’s “Hello” nearly two years ago. “Havana” logs its fourth week at No. 1 on The Official U.K. Singles Chart.

Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” holds at No. 3 in its 11th week.

Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder” holds at No. 4 in its 30th week. “Thunder” logs its fourth week at No. 1 on Top Rock Songs.

Ed Sheeran lands his third top five hit as “Perfect” jumps from No. 7 to No. 5 in its 13th week.

Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” dips from No. 5 to No. 6 in its 21st week. The song logged three weeks at No. 1.

Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” dips from No. 6 to No. 7 in its 11th week. The song peaked at No. 4.

Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” rebounds from No. 9 to No. 8 in its 23rd week. The song peaked at No. 4.

Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” rebounds from No. 12 to No. 9 in its 20th week. The song peaked at No. 6.

Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do” (featuring SZA) rebounds from No. 11 to No. 10 in its 13th week. The song peaked at No. 9.

Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” (featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) and J Balvin & Willy William’s “Mi Gente” (featuring Beyoncé) drop out of the top 10 this week.

Selena Gomez lands her 11th top 20 hit as “Wolves,” a collabo with Marshmello, vaults from No. 51 to No. 20 in its fifth week. It’s the first top 20 hit for Marshmello. “Wolves” returns to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. It dethrones another Marshmello hit, “Silence,” featuring Khalid.

Luke Combs’ “When It Rains It Pours” has spent the past two weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. It displaced Kane Brown’s “What Ifs” (featuring Lauren Alaina). This marks the first time that back-to-back No. 1 country hits were those artists’ first No. 1s since November 2015, when Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” and Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” topped the chart in succession.

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