The last chart of 2015 is a quiet one, with no big surprise album releases this December. One Direction’s “What A Feeling” moves into the top ten, while Mackenzie Thoms scores the highest of three debuts.
Much like what occurred with the release of 21 in early 2011, the entirety of Adele’s new album 25 debuts on the chart, with all but three songs in the upper half. “Hello” holds at #1 for a fourth week, while “When We Were Young” at #4 and “Water Under The Bridge” at #6 lead her baker’s dozen of debuts. Despite the Adele domination, One Direction adds another four debuts to their tally; Troye Sivan and newcomers MØ and Secret Weapons also enter.
While the top ten holds steady, the bottom of the chart sees more activity, typical for the fourth quarter of the year. Ellie Goulding blasts in at #23 with the highest debut for Delirium album track “Codes,” beating out strong entries for Justin Bieber featuring Halsey and Alessia Cara featuring Sebastian Kole. Goulding and Cara each notch a second new entry, for “Around U” and “Overdose” respectively; A Great Big World and One Direction also add a pair of charting songs, while Meghan Trainor and Grizfolk add one apiece. Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz have the biggest-moving song with “You Matter To Me,” up forty to #59, followed by big movers for Coldplay and Goulding. There’s a lot of movement just below the top 100 that could see entry next week…if it weren’t for chart-topper Adele’s 25 slated for release on Friday, which is likely to take over several slots on the next chart.