Chart Beat

Lizzo's 'Cuz I Love You' Album Hits Top 5 on Billboard 200 Chart

Jimmy Fontaine


Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You album celebrates a new high on the Billboard 20?0 chart, as the set reaches the top five for the first time. It climbs 6-4 on the Sept. 7-dated chart, surpassing its previous peak (and debut position) of No. 6. The album entered the chart dated May 4 and hasn't left the top 30 since its debut.

The album’s gain comes following Lizzo’s well-received performance on the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 26 and a four-song set on NBC’s Today on Aug. 23.

Further, as the set reaches the top five in its 19th week on the chart, it completes the slowest climb to the top five in nearly two years. On the Oct. 28, 2017-dated chart, Kane Brown’s self-titled album and Post Malone’s Stoney both hit the top five for the first time, in their 45th and 44th chart weeks, respectively. Among albums by women, Cuz I Love You wraps the longest climb to the top five since way back on March 3, 2012, when Adele’s 19 hit the top five for the first time (in its 122nd week), after Adele won big at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Cuz I Love You rises with a 40% gain in equivalent album units, having earned 49,000 in the tracking week ending Aug. 29, according to Nielsen Music. The album sold 10,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 29 -- up 87%. The set’s SEA units jumped by 22% to 31,000, while the album’s songs generated 41.1 million on-demand audio streams for the week (up 21%).

Lizzo concurrently hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “Truth Hurts.” Her first Hot 100 leader, originally released in 2017, is a bonus song on the deluxe edition of Cuz I Love You.