21 Savage & Haim Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Rapper 21 Savage and rock band Haim debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, as their newest albums bow at Nos. 2 and 7, respectively. Meanwhile, as reported earlier, JAY-Z clocks his 14th No. 1 on the tally, as 4:44 bows atop the list.
JAY-Z’s latest starts with 262,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 174,000 units were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 29-dated chart (where JAY-Z starts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, July 18.
In the runner-up slot behind JAY-Z on the new Billboard 200 chart is 21 Savage’s Issa Album, which launches with 77,000 units (22,000 in traditional album sales). The set was powered largely by streams, as it generated 51,000 SEA units (equaling 77 million streams for the songs on the album). The remainder of the album’s total start was logged by 7,000 TEA units.
Issa Album is 21 Savage’s debut solo studio effort, and grants the rapper his first top 10 and second chart entry overall. He previously logged a No. 23-peaking set with his Metro Boomin collaboration, Savage Mode, in in February.
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is steady at No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 with 54,000 units (down 3 percent), while DJ Khaled’s Grateful falls from No. 1 to No. 4 in its third chart week with 50,000 units (down 28 percent).
Rap albums occupy the top four slots on the Billboard 200 for the first time in more than two years. The chart last housed an all-rap top four on the April 18, 2015-dated list, when Wale’s The Album About Nothing bowed at No. 1, followed by the then-surging Furious 7 soundtrack (rising 17-2), the debut of Ludacris’ Ludaversal at No. 3 and Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (falling 1-4).
At No. 5 on the new Billboard 200, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) is a non-mover with 36,000 units (down 3 percent), while Imagine Dragons’ Evolve slips from No. 4 to No. 6 with 35,000 units (down 21 percent).
Rock band Haim nabs its second top 10 album with the arrival of its second effort, Something to Tell You, at No. 7. It launches with 32,000 units (26,000 in traditional album sales). The sibling trio’s debut effort, Days Are Gone, debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2013 with 26,000 sold in its first week (before the chart transitioned to a consumption-based ranking in 2014).
Rounding out the new top 10 are Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (falling 2-8 with 30,000 units in its second week; down 55 percent), the Moana soundtrack (10-9 with a little more than 29,000 units; down 4 percent) and Drake’s More Life (9-10 with 29,000 units; down 10 percent).