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At.Long.Last.A$AP’s release arrived a week earlier than expected, as the set (which was issued through A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA Records) was slated to bow on June 2. The new album follows A$AP Rocky’s first studio effort, 2013’s Long.Live.A$AP, which debuted atop the tally dated Feb. 2, 2013 with 139,000 copies sold.
At.Long.Last.A$AP is the sixth rap album to lead the Billboard 200 in 2015, following the Furious 7 soundtrack, Wale’s The Album About Nothing, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. A year ago at this point, only two rap titles had topped the tally: Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron and Rick Ross’ Mastermind. (That said, most of the first half of 2014 saw the Frozen soundtrack lock up the No. 1 slot, so there was little changeover at the top of the list.)
At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 chart is Taylor Swift’s 1989, which holds in the runner-up slot for another week (70,000 units; down 23 percent).
Rapper Boosie BadAzz (formerly known as Lil’ Boosie) scores his highest charting album and best sales week yet as Touch Down 2 Cause Hell starts at No. 3 with 64,000 units. Pure album sales tallied 59,000 of that sum. Boosie’s previous highest rank and sales frame came when 2009’s Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz (credited to Lil’ Boosie) debuted and peaked at No. 7 off a 49,000 sales start.
The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack slips one rung to No. 4 with 51,000 units (down 31 percent).
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Christian ensemble Hillsong United -- an offshoot of the Hillsong Church -- debuts at No. 5 with Empires, moving 50,000 units. (Album sales equated to 47,000 of that sum – the Hillsong brand’s best sales week ever.) The arrival also gives Hillsong its second top 10 album, following Hillsong United’s Zion in 2013, which also debuted and peaked at No. 5 with its previous sales high (34,000).
Over on the Top Christian Albums chart, Empires enters at No. 1, giving the Hillsong brand its 12th chart-topper.
Last week’s Billboard 200 No. 1, Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface, drops to No. 6 with 38,000 units (down 74 percent). Ed Sheeran’s x rises 8-7 with 35,000 (down 7 percent) and Meghan Trainor’s Title slips 5-8 with 34,000 (down 27 percent). The soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey bounds back into the top 10, climbing 11-9, with 30,000 units (down 15 percent), and the Furious 7 soundtrack descends one slot to No. 10 with just under 30,000 (down 18 percent).