RuPaul Nets Highest Charting Album Ever, Plus A 'Drag Race' Chart History
RuPaul notches his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 as his new studio set, "Born Naked," sashays in at No. 85. Until this week, RuPaul had notched just one entry on the chart, when his breakthrough debut set, "Supermodel of the World" hit No. 109 in 1993.
The digital-exclusive set "Born Naked" sold 4,000 sold copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's also the drag legend's best sales week since the Christmas frame of 1998, when holiday set "Ho Ho Ho" moved a handful more copies.
On the Dance/Electronic Albums chart, the "Born Naked" clocks in at a career-high No. 4.
Of course, RuPaul has been a familiar sight on Billboard's music charts for more than two decades. He bowed on the charts back in 1992 when his smash single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" arrived on the Dance Club Songs chart. It eventually reached No. 2 on the list in 1993, and was the first of many hits for the entertainer.
Here's are some highlights of RuPaul's Billboard chart history:
- 13 entries on the Dance Club Songs chart, including two No. 1 singles: "Back to My Roots" and "A Shade Shadey (Now Prance)"
- Five charting hits on the Heatseekers Albums chart, including the No. 1 "Supermodel of the World"
- Four entries on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart
- Four hits on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, including his most recent entry: this year's "Sissy That Walk"
- Three hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including a 20-week run for the No. 45-peaking "Supermodel (You Better Work)"
RuPaul can currently be seen hosting and judging his hit reality competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo TV. The series' sixth season premiered on Feb. 24.
Through the years, the show has showcased a number of contestants that have gone on to score Billboard chart hits.
Here's a look at all of the "Drag Race" contestants that have also notched a Billboard hit:
- Nina Flowers: Ranny's "Loca," featuring Flowers - No. 15 on Dance Club Songs, 2010
- Sahara Davenport: "Go Off" - No. 35 on Dance Club Songs, 2012
- Jessica Wild: Ranny's "You Like It Wild," featuring Wild - No. 30 on Dance Club Songs, 2011
- Raja: "Diamond Crowned Queen" - No. 35 on Dance Club Songs, 2011
- Willam: Has charted five entries on the Comedy Digital Songs chart thanks to parody singles of popular hits. In 2012, "Chow Down" (featuring Vicky Vox & Detox) and "Love You Like a Big Schlong" reached Nos. 12 and 25, respectively. The following year "Boy Is a Bottom" (featuring Detox and Vox) hit No. 6, "RuPaulogize" (featuring Sharon Needles) reached No. 14 and the "Blurred Lines" spoof "Blurred Bynes" (again with Detox and Vox) hit No. 5.
- Sharon Needles: The album "PG-13" reached No. 9 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and also hit No. 186 on the Billboard 200. Needles also charted an entry on the Comedy Digital Songs chart with "RuPaulogize" (see Willam, above).
- Detox: Has charted three entries, with Willam (see above).