Khalid’s Free Spirit climbs 3-2 on the new Billboard 200 chart, with 60,000 units earned (down 27%). BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona, slips from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second week, scoring 57,000 units (down 75%).
Beyoncé’s Homecoming: The Live Album rises 7-4 after its first full chart tracking week of activity, earning 57,000 equivalent album units (up 47%). The album gains in both SEA and TEA units, but declines in album sales (8,000; down 43%). A week ago, on the April 26-dated chart (reflecting the tracking week ending April 18), the album debuted on the list from just two days of activity, as it was released on April 17.
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next rises 6-5 with 43,000 units (down 6 percent).
Lizzo makes her Billboard 200 chart debut at No. 6 with her first major label full-length album, Cuz I Love You. The set was released via Nice Life/Atlantic Records and earned 41,000 equivalent album units, with 24,000 of that sum in album sales. The buzzed-about performer ushered in the new album with some notable TV appearances, including performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Lizzo has been denting Billboard’s charts since 2013, when her independently released album Lizzobangers reached the Heatseekers -- West North Central regional chart. She revisited the same list in 2016 with her second indie album, Big Grrrl Small World, and then with her first Atlantic release, the Coconut Oil EP. The latter also hit the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
More recently, Lizzo has been starting to gain chart traction with the Cuz I Love You single “Juice.” In March, the tune hit No. 26 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart and No. 44 on the Dance Club Songs tally. The track is also bubbling under the most recently published Pop Songs airplay chart (dated April 27).
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap falls 5-7 with 36,000 units (down 34%) while Juice WRLD’s Death Race for Love is steady at No. 8 with 31,000 units (down 8%).
Beyoncé has a second album inside the top 10, as her former No. 1 Lemonade re-enters the chart at No. 9. The set, released in 2016, returns to the list following its wide streaming debut on April 23. The album was only previously available to stream via the Tidal service (though was widely available to purchase digitally and physically).
In the week ending April 25, Lemonade earned 30,000 equivalent album units (up 627%). Of that sum, 4,000 were in album sales (up 35%), a little more than 1,000 in in TEA units (up 72%) and 25,000 in SEA units (up 5,801%). The latter figure translates to 31.45 million on-demand streams for its songs during the week (up from about a half-million streams in the previous week).
Lemonade was last in the top 10 on March 7, 2017, when the set zoomed 33-9 following its exposure on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 12).
With Homecoming: The Live Album and Lemonade both in the top 10, this is the first time that Beyoncé has claimed two concurrent top 10 sets. She’s the first woman with two simultaneous top 10s in more than two years, since Lady Gaga scored two in the top 10 on the list dated Feb. 25, 2017 following her Super Bowl halftime show performance.
Closing out the Billboard 200’s new top 10 is Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, which dips 9-10 with 29,000 equivalent album units (down less than 1%).