13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Cardi B Bows & Drake Replaces Himself at No. 1

Cardi B, 2017
Shaniqwa Jarvis

Cardi B photographed July 19 at Lovely Day in New York.

Cardi B rules the Billboard charts this week, as her debut album Invasion of Privacy arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set also sparks her first week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100.

Plus, Drake replaces himself atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Nice for What” becomes his second consecutive No. 1 debut, while “God’s Plan” dips to No. 2.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week:

1. With Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B becomes just the fifth female rapper with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Click here to see the other four rappers.

2. More Cardi news: The MC lands 13 total songs on the Hot 100, which breaks Beyonce’s record for the most simultaneous Hot 100 hits among women. Click here to read about the historic achievement.

3. As Drake replaces himself at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “Nice for What,” we look back at all the other acts who have achieved the feat, from Taylor Swift to The Beatles. Click here to see the list.

4. “Nice for What” earns Drake his 25th top 10 Hot 100 hit, which ties Elvis Presley for the fourth-most top 10s of all time among solo males. Click here to read the story.

5. After just one day of streaming and sales tracking, Nicki Minaj’s latest releases “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” debut on the Hot 100. They’re expected to make an even bigger splash next week. Click here to read the article.

6. Looking ahead to next week’s Billboard 200, Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town is slated to earn the country singer his fourth consecutive No. 1 album. Click here to read the Billboard 200 forecast.

7. Thanks to the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 15, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown and more see a 427% sales gain. Click here to read the story.

8. Speaking of the ACMs, Gary Trust and Billboard’s West Coast editor Melinda Newman recap the show. Later, Trust and Billboard’s rock, streaming and social charts manager Kevin Rutherford chat with Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext about their remake of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”  Click here to listen.

9. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson are joined by Sabrina Carpenter and Jonas Blue to discuss how the pair met on Twitter and their top 20 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs hit “Alien.” Click here to listen.

10. Lovelytheband scores its first No. 1 on any Billboard chart, as “Broken” rises 3-1 on the Alternative Songs chart. Click here to read about the up-and-comers.

11. Alina Baraz rules the Top TV Songs chart, for March, with “Electric,” featuring Khalid, thanks to its appearance in Netflix’s On My BlockClick here to read the story.

12. Alicia Keys hits No. 1 on the Top Facebook Live Videos chart, thanks to her video celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Plus, a trio of videos from Ultra Music Festival occupy Nos. 2, 3, and 4. Click here to read the story.

13. In the latest edition of “This Week in Billboard Chart History,” we look back at Madonna’s Like A Prayer, which led the Billboard 200 for the first time on April 22, 1989. Click here to read the story.


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