Future's 'Save Me' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Future photographed Feb. 26 at Photopia in Miami.
Meredith Jenks

Future photographed on Feb. 26, 2017 at Photopia in Miami.

The start gives the rapper the most No. 1s in the 2010s decade.

Future once again one-ups Drake for the most No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the 2010s, as Save Me opens atop the list dated June 22. Save secures the Atlanta native’s 10th leader in the decade, breaking a tie with the 6 God for the most in that time.

Save begins with 42,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 13, according to Nielsen Music.

Future and Drake have traded having the most No. 1 albums this decade multiple times in recent years. In 2017, Future claimed three chart-topping sets with his self-titled project, HNDRXX, and Super Slimey, a collaborative album with Young Thug. The trio, which all spent one week at the summit, pushed the star to seven leaders, catching Drake, who also notched his seventh No. 1 that year with More Life.

In 2018, Future and Drake each extended his No. 1 count in the 2010s to eight, thanks to the former’s joint set with Juice WRLD, Future & Juice WRLD Present…World on Drugs, and the latter’s Scorpion.

Both acts then logged a ninth No. 1 earlier this year. Future’s Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd arrived at No. 1 in February, while Drake checked into the penthouse the following month with the So Far Gone mixtape upon its streaming and retail release for its 10th anniversary.

Save Me concurrently opens at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart, securing Future’s 10th leader there. As on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the superstar tops Drake’s nine champs for the most among all acts in the current decade. The album also starts at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

As Save arrives, four of the EP’s seven tracks enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Please Tell Me” leads the pack at No. 33, followed by “Xanax Damage” (No. 36), “Government Official” (No. 37) and “St. Lucia” (No. 50). The four titles push Future to 129 hits on the ranking, still the fourth-best sum among all acts. He trails only the career sums of Drake (211), Lil Wayne (180) and JAY-Z (146).


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