May 1, 2015 1:12 pm

Shawn Mendes’ ‘Handwritten’ falls 16 spots in 2nd week on Billboard 200

Shawn Mendes, pictured in March 2015.

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TORONTO — Canadian singer Shawn Mendes‘ reign at the top of the Billboard 200 chart was a short one.

In its second week, Mendes’ debut album Handwritten fell a whopping 16 spots to No. 17.

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The album debuted at No. 1 following a controversial campaign that encouraged fans to buy multiple copies.

The 16-year-old was the youngest artist since fellow Ontario native Justin Bieber in 2010 to have an album in the No. 1 spot.

Mendes had better success on the Canadian Hot 100, where his single “Something Big” jumped from No. 30 to No. 19 after 25 weeks on the chart. The song had the week’s biggest gain in digital sales.

Handwritten was replaced in the top spot on the Billboard 200 by the sophomore Alabama Shakes album Sound & Color, which came out April 21. Also making its debut on the chart was Love Story by YelaWolf, which knocked Reba McEntire’s Love Somebody from No. 3 to No. 13.

The Furious 7 soundtrack, in its sixth week, remained at No. 2.

Mendes didn’t have the biggest second-week drop, though. Tyler the Creator’s Cherry Bomb fell from No. 4 to No. 41 and Into The Wild Life from Halestorm sank 37 spots to No. 42.

There was good news on the Billboard 200 chart for another Canadian artist, though. Drake’s album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late climbed six spots to No. 4 in its 11th week. According to Billboard, the Toronto rapper’s album was the week’s greatest gainer.

Drakes 2013 album Nothing Was The Same fell from No. 85 to No. 91 on the chart and 2011’s Take Care dropped two spots to No. 101.

The only other Canadians on the Billboard 200 this week are The Weeknd, whose 2012 album Trilogy ranked No. 103, and Nickelback’s 2005 album All The Right Reasons, which is at No. 198.

The Weeknd’s “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack remains strong. The single is No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 after 18 weeks and No. 8 on the Canadian Hot 100.

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