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Lil Baby's 'Harder Than Ever' Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Lil Baby

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Lil Baby scores the week’s highest debut on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated June 2) as his first studio LP, Harder Than Ever, opens at No. 2. The set earned 71,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music.

Harder includes Lil Baby’s breakthrough hit, “My Dawg,” which reached No. 29 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and current single “Yes Indeed,” a collaboration with Drake, which becomes Lil Baby’s first top 10 and Drake’s record-extending 63rd on the list. The song rallies 26-5 after its first full week of tracking. Streaming fuels the ascent as “Indeed” records a 180 percent surge in U.S. streams to 39.5 million in the week, prompting a 23-2 eruption on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs.

And, yes, the song indeed leaps on the Billboard Hot 100. It zooms 49-6 and pushes Drake above Elvis Presley for the fourth-most top 10 hits by a solo male artist on the chart.

In addition, the Harder arrival also prompts two debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lil Baby: “Southside” enters at No. 39 while “Life Goes On,” featuring Gunni and Lil Uzi Vert, starts directly below.