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Meek Mill's 'Pain' Posts No. 2 Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

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Meek Mill bags his sixth top five album on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Expensive Pain debuts at No. 2 on the list dated Oct. 16. The set begins with 95,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 7, according to MRC Data.

As Pain brings the Philadelphia rapper’s top-five collection to an even half-dozen on the chart, here’s an updated look at the group. Notably, all six of the efforts have either peaked at No. 1 or No. 2:

Album Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Dreams and Nightmares, No. 1 (one week), Nov. 17, 2012
Dreams Worth More Than Money, No. 1 (two weeks), July 18, 2015
DC4, No. 2, Nov. 19, 2016
Wins and Losses, No. 2, Aug. 12, 2017
Championships, No. 1 (one week), Dec. 15, 2018
Expensive Pain, No. 2 (to date), Oct. 16, 2021

Beyond those titles, he’s also landed two more EPs on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. 2018’s Legends of the Summer peaked at No. 8, while 2020’s Quarantine Pack managed a No. 22 best.

Pain also debuts at No. 2 on the Top Rap Albums chart, where, as on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it trails Drake’s Certified Lover Boy. On the all-genre Billboard 200, Pain enters at No. 3, behind Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Drake’s Boy.

As with most hip-hop releases, streaming constitutes the majority of Pain’s debut sum: 82,000 units of the 95,000 start derive from the streaming sector, representing 110.5 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs. The nine-figure total makes the rapper’s album the second-most streamed title of the week, after Drake’s Boy.

Thanks to its strong streaming presence, Pain has 11 of its tracks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including a pair of top 10s. The set’s single “Sharing Locations,” featuring Lil Baby and Lil Durk rallies 31-7 in its sixth week on the list, outdoing its previous high of No. 12. In addition, the album’s “Intro (Hate on Me),” opens at No. 10 and gives Meek Mill his third top 10 debut on the list, after the 2018 hits “Going Bad,” featuring Drake (No. 2) and “What’s Free,” featuring Jay-Z (No. 10).

Here’s a full recap of Meek Mill’s appearances on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week:

No. 7, “Sharing Locations,” featuring Lil Baby and Lil Durk
No. 10, “Intro (Hate on Me)”
No. 20, “Hot,” featuring Moneybagg Yo
No. 26, “Expensive Pain”
No. 27, “On My Soul”
No. 29, “Blue Note$ 11,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert
No. 30, “Outside (100 MPH)”
No. 38, “Me (FWM),” featuring A$AP Ferg
No. 39, “Love Train”
No. 41, “Ride for You,” featuring Kehlani
No. 46, “We Slide,” featuring Young Thug

Activity surrounding Pain and its songs sends Meek Mill racing 91-3 on the Billboard Artist 100, which ranks artist popularity through a blend of four music consumption metrics – album sales, track sales, radio airplay, streaming – and social media fan interaction. His current standing is his highest rank in nearly four years, since buzz around Championships’ release pushed him to two weeks inside the top three in December 2018.

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