Fetty Wap Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Meredith Jenks
Fetty Wap photographed at Billboard Hot 100 Fest on Aug. 23, 2015 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York.

Rapper Fetty Wap crowns the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his self-titled debut studio album opens at No. 1. The set, which was released Sept. 25 through RGF/300 Entertainment, earned 129,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music.

Fetty Wap leads a busy week on the chart, where a total of seven albums debut in the top 10.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 17-dated chart (where Fetty Wap is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s website on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Fetty Wap’s No. 1 achievement follows a series of hit singles from the artist earlier in 2015. He previously logged three top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 from the set with “Trap Queen” (peaking at No. 2), “679” (No. 6) and “My Way” (No. 7).

The arrival of Fetty Wap at No. 1 was powered by 75,000 in pure album sales, with the remainder of its 129,000 unit total earned from TEA and SEA (thanks in part to the strong performance of the album’s successful singles).

Fetty Wap is the first hip-hop act to see their debut studio effort hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in over two years. The last to do so was A$AP Rocky, who opened atop the chart dated Feb. 2, 2012 with Long.Live.A$AP (138,000 copies sold in its first week).

Last week’s No. 1 album, Drake and Future’s surprise release What a Time to Be Alive, slips to No. 2 in its second chart week with 107,000 units (down 72 percent).

Don Henley earns his highest charting solo album ever on the Billboard 200, as his new Cass County set starts at No. 3 with 89,000 units. It’s also the top selling album of the week (with 87,000 in pure album sales) and leads the Top Album Sales chart.

Cass County is Henley’s first studio album in more than 15 years, since Inside Job was released in May of 2000. Inside Job debuted and peaked at No. 7, and marked his second solo top 10 effort, following 1989’s No. 8-peaking The End of the Innocence.

The new Cass County release is also a country set, Henley’s first to be classified as such, and debuts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

Henley is also of course a member of the band the Eagles, which has logged eight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, with six of those reaching No. 1.

Country titan George Strait achieves his 20th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the No. 4 arrival of Cold Beer Conversation (86,000 units; 83,000 from pure album sales). With the bow, Strait extends his record as the country artist with the most top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.

Cold Beer Conversation also starts at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart.

The Weeknd’s former No. 1, Beauty Behind the Madness, falls two rungs to No. 5 in its fifth chart week (81,000 units; down 10 percent).

Country singer Thomas Rhett notches his second top 10 album as Tangled Up steps in at No. 6 with 76,000 units (63,000 from pure album sales). Tangled Up is Rhett’s second full-length studio album and follows the No. 6 debut and peak of It Goes Like This in 2013 (which launched with 36,000 copies sold).

Taylor Swift’s 1989 spends a 49th straight week in the top 10 (which is also its entire chart run) as it moves 8-7 with 41,000 units (down 4 percent).

Alternative band Chvrches starts at No. 8 with Every Open Eye, moving 38,000 units. The start trumps the group’s previous chart high, earned in 2013 with Bones (No. 12 debut and peak). The new album also debuts at No. 1 on both the Top Rock Albums and the Alternative Albums charts.

The new set’s current single, “Leave a Trace,” climbed into the top 30 of the Alternative Songs chart on the Oct. 10-dated chart (rising 31-26).

Dance duo Disclosure follows at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of their second album, Caracal (35,000 units; 25,000 in pure album sales). The guest-filled set (which boasts acts like Sam Smith, Lorde and The Weeknd) gives Disclosure its first top 10 album, surpassing the No. 36 peak of their debut set, Settle, in 2014.

Caracal also starts at No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Settle spent two weeks at No. 1 on the tally in 2014.

Closing out the Billboard 200’s top 10 is rock band The Dead Weather with their third studio effort, Dodge and Burn, which bows at No. 10 with 33,000 units (32,000 in pure album sales). It’s the third consecutive top 10 set for the group, which previously hit the region with Sea of Cowards (No. 5 in 2010) and Horehound (No. 6 in 2009).

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