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Trippie Redd's 'A Love Letter to You 3' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Trippie Redd

Plus, two of his collaborators, XXXTentacion & Juice WRLD, each score new song debuts.

Trippie Redd earns his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as A Love Letter to You 3 starts atop the list dated Nov. 24. The set, released on the independent label TenThousand Projects, earned 84,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 15, according to Nielsen Music.

Letter 3 marks the fourth chart appearance for the rapper, born Michael White IV. He previously appeared on the tally with two mixtapes, A Love Letter to You (No. 32 peak in February 2018) and A Love Letter to You 2 (No. 19, October 2017), before his debut full-length effort, Life’s a Trip, secured his first top five rank on the chart with a No. 4 peak in August.

The album’s arrival also boosts Trippie Redd on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The Letter 3 single “Topanga” is the biggest beneficiary, as it leaps 45-23, easily a new peak. The vault comes from streaming, as “Topanga” surged to 15.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Nov. 15, according to Nielsen Music, a 60 percent gain. With the rally, “Topanga” also claims the chart’s Streaming Gainer award.

“Topanga” becomes Trippie Redd’s third-best showing on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and second highest as a lead artist. His own “Taking a Walk” reached No. 22 in August, while XXXTentacion’s “F**k Love,” on which he features, crested at No. 18 in September 2017.

Beneath “Topanga,” Letter 3 generates five debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: the Juice WRLD-assisted “1400 / 999 Freestyle” (No. 24), “Love Scars 3” (No. 37), “Negative Energy” (No. 45), “Toxic Waste” (No. 48) and “Can’t Love” (No. 50). The five new starts push Trippie Redd to 12 career entries on the chart.

Good Start for ‘Bad!’: Meanwhile, the late XXXTentacion debuts in the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Bad!” starts at No. 7. The track is his fourth to reach the tier, after “Sad!” (No. 1, one week), “Moonlight” (No. 9) and a featured turn on Lil Wayne’s “Don’t Cry” (No. 4).

Moreover, "Bad!" is his first top 10 debut as a lead act; "Cry" opened at its No. 4 high.

“Bad!” begins at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs with 12,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 15, according to Nielsen Music, and at No. 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs through 28.4 million plays in the same window.

The single previews the controversial singer-rapper’s forthcoming posthumous album, Skins, set for a Dec. 7 release.

‘Armed’ Arrival: Plus, Juice WRLD grabs a No. 19 start for “Armed and Dangerous” on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The entrance gives the Chicago native his fourth top 20 effort on the ranking: “Lucid Dreams” topped the chart for two weeks in October, “All Girls Are The Same” reached No. 20 in June and a collaboration with Future, “Fine China,” peaked at No. 14.

“Armed” traces its bow largely to streams. The tune opens at No. 11 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs with 16.8 million U.S. clicks in the week ending Nov. 15, according to Nielsen Music.