As previously reported, Drake’s Scorpion starts at No. 1 with 732,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 160,000 were in traditional album sales. The album launches with a new one-week U.S. record for on-demand audio streams generated by an album’s songs: 745.9 million.
Florence + The Machine’s High as Hope bows at No. 2 with 84,000 units (74,000 in traditional album sales). High as Hope is the third top 10 effort for the act, following their last album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful in 2015 (No. 1) and Ceremonials (No. 6 in 2011). How Big bowed with 137,000 units, of which 128,000 were in traditional album sales.
High as Hope was ushered in by the single “Hunger,” which has spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart through the most-recently-published list dated July 7.
Post Malone’s former No. 1, beerbongs & bentleys, holds steady at No. 3 with 72,000 units (down 3 percent).
Animated band Gorillaz log its fifth top 10 effort, as The Now Now starts at No. 4 with 63,000 units (52,000 in traditional album sales). The act’s last album, 2017’s Humanz, launched at No. 2 with 140,000 units (115,000 in album sales).
The Now Now was led by the single “Humility,” featuring George Benson, which has so far peaked at No. 26 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart and at No. 30 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart (both dated July 7).
XXXTentacion’s ? moves down one rung on the new Billboard 200 to No. 5 with 62,000 units (down 28 percent), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy is up two places to No. 6 with 47,000 units (up 10 percent), Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance is stationary at No. 7 with 39,000 units (down 11 percent) and The Carters’ Everything Is Love falls 4-8 with 37,000 units (down 38 percent).
Panic! at the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked drops from No. 1 to No. 9 in its second chart week, with 35,000 units (down 81 percent).
Rounding out the new top 10 is Guns N’ Roses’ former No. 1, Appetite for Destruction. The band’s classic debut album, released in 1987, re-enters the chart at No. 10 following the release of its deluxe remastered reissue on June 29. For tracking and charting purposes, all versions of the album are combined. In the week ending July 5, the album earned 33,000 units (up 1,541 percent).
The album was reissued in a variety of formats: the standard 12-track remastered album, a new deluxe edition with 18 bonus tracks, a double vinyl LP set, a 73-track super deluxe set and a lavish limited edition Locked N’ Loaded box set with four CDs, a blu-ray disc, seven vinyl LPs and seven 7” vinyl singles (among other goodies).
Appetite for Destruction debuted on the Billboard 200 dated Aug. 29, 1987 at No. 182 and eventually reached No. 1 nearly a year later, on the Aug. 6, 1988-dated list. The set spent five nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, and finished 1988 as the No. 6 biggest album on the Billboard 200.
Appetite for Destruction was last in the top 10 a little more than 29 years ago, when it placed at No. 8 on the April 15, 1989-dated tally.