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This week, Migos’ album Culture III debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, the trio’s third straight top-two album on the chart, with the second-biggest sales week for a hip-hop album this year so far (trailing only J. Cole’s The Off-Season). That debut came right on the heels of Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s joint album The Voice of the Heroes (Alamo/Quality Control/Motown/Geffen), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last week and still sits in the top five this week, coming in at No. 4.
Those achievements give Quality Control/Motown two of the top four albums in the country, a major milestone for the newly-standalone Motown, which was recently spun out from under the Capitol Music Group umbrella. And they also earn Motown’s chairman/CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam the title of Billboard’s Executive of the Week.
It’s not just the big weeks for those respective albums that has fueled the label’s current hot streak, however, but the sheer prolific nature of the Migos MCs and Lil Baby has meant that they collectively account for more than 10% of the songs populating the Hot 100, while Migos themselves have a dozen songs populating Billboard’s Global 200, establishing themselves as a truly international act. And it’s another victory for the mutually-beneficial partnership between Motown and Quality Control, the Atlanta-based label and management company that inked a deal with Motown in 2015 and has continued to produce chart-topping acts.