Drake's 'Scorpion' Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Plus: Future and Meek Mill debut in the top 10.
Drake’s Scorpion holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, logging the biggest sophomore week for any album in more than two years. The set earned 335,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 12 according to Nielsen Music (down 54 percent from its big start of 732,000 units a week earlier). Of its second week sum, 29,000 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 as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 21-dated chart (where Scorpion stays steady at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, July 17.
Scorpion Spends Second Week at No. 1: Scorpion is only the fourth album to log multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2018. It follows Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (three straight weeks at No. 1), Black Panther: The Album (three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack (two weeks in a row at No. 1).
Largest Second Week for an Album in More Than Two Years: As Scorpion earned 335,000 units in its second week, it tallied the largest sophomore stanza for an album in over two years. The last set to log a larger second week was Adele’s 25, which earned 1.16 million units in its second week (chart dated Dec. 19, 2015).
Third-Largest Streaming Week for an Album: Scorpion’s second week is fueled largely by its streaming activity, as the set collected 288,000 SEA units, which equals 390.98 million on-demand audio streams. That latter figure is the third-largest weekly streaming sum for an album’s tracks. The largest was earned by Scorpion in its debut frame (745.9 million), while the second-biggest was Post Malone’s opening week with beerbongs & bentleys (431.3 million) earlier in 2018.
Drake’s 23rd Week at No. 1: As Scorpion spends a second week at No. 1, Drake’s cumulative total of weeks at No. 1 rises to 23. Notably, out of his eight No. 1 albums, only three have spent more than a single week at No. 1: Scorpion (two so far), More Life (three, 2017) and Views (13, in 2016). The only hip-hop artists with more total weeks at No. 1 are Eminem (with 32) and JAY-Z (with 25).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Post Malone’s former No. 1 beerbongs & bentleys moves up one slot with 71,000 units (down 2 percent).
Future’s streaming-only album Beastmode 2 debuts at No. 3 with 57,000 units (73.5 million streams), granting the rapper his ninth top 10 and the highest-charting streaming-exclusive album. It surpasses Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the June 4, 2016-dated list. It bowed with 38,000 units (57.3 million streams).
XXXTentacion’s ? moves 5-4 on the new Billboard 200 with 51,000 units (down 16 percent), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy climbs 6-5 with 44,000 units (down 6 percent) and Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance is up one spot to No. 6 with 41,000 units (up 4 percent). The Greatest Showman soundtrack rises 11-7 with 30,000 units (down 6 percent) and The Carters’ Everything Is Love is steady at No. 8 with 29,000 units (down 21 percent).
Meek Mill scores his fifth top 10 effort, as his four-song Legends of the Summer set arrives at No. 9 with 26,000 units (6,000 in album sales). The effort is his first new album since his release from prison in April. The rapper previously visited the top 10 with Wins and Losses (No. 3, 2017), DC4 (No. 3, 2016), Dreams Worth More Than Money (No. 1 for two weeks, 2015) and Dreams and Nightmares (No. 2, 2012).
Closing out the new top 10 is Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever, rising 12-10 with 27,000 units (down 6 percent).