The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new March 12-dated chart (where Adele is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, March 1.
Rihanna’s former No.1, Anti, climbs 3-2 with 80,000 units (up 1 percent) while Justin Bieber’s Purpose dips 2-3 with 63,000 units (down 25 percent).
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Rapper Yo Gotti lands his highest charting album ever as The Art of Hustle starts at No. 4 with 61,000 units (45,000 in pure album sales). It’s his second top 10 effort, following his last release, 2013’s I Am, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 (starting with 47,000 in sales).
The Art of Hustle also enters at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rap Albums and Digital Albums.
The rest of the Billboard 200’s top 10 is fairly quiet, following a lot of movement on the previous week’s chart in the wake of the Grammy Awards. Chris Stapleton, of the show’s performers and a two-time winner, holds steady at No. 5 with Traveller (52,000 units; down 14 percent) while another double-winner and performer, The Weeknd, holds at No. 6 with Beauty Behind the Madness (41,000 units; down 20 percent).
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Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface is stationary at No. 7 with 39,000 units (down 14 percent), Joey + Rory’s Hymns falls 4-8 with 37,000 units (down 46 percent) and Kevin Gates’ Islah rises 11-9 with 32,000 units (down 12 percent).
Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul rounds out the top 10 as it ascends 13-10 with 31,000 (down 13 percent).