DJ Khaled's 'Father of Asahd' Hits No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Sami Drasin
DJ Khaled photographed on May 8th at The Fig House in Los Angeles.

DJ Khaled earns his third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Father of Asahd climbs 2-1 in its second week on the list. The 15-song set earned 58,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 30, according to Nielsen Music.

Asahd is the second album this year to top the chart without debuting at No. 1. It follows A Boogie wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN, which earned its maiden week at the summit in its third frame and reigned for four weeks overall.

Khaled previously topped the chart with Asahd’s two immediate predecessors: 2016’s Major Key and 2017’s Grateful. The former led the list for one week, while Grateful posted two weeks in the penthouse.

Asahd likewise completes a 2-1 move to lead the Top Rap Albums chart, securing Khaled’s fifth leader there. In addition to Key and Grateful, which each crowned Top Rap Albums for two weeks, the producer also led with 2011’s We The Best Forever and 2015’s I Changed A Lot, both of which ruled for a single week.

Asahd also secures Khaled’s 12th top five effort on the Top Rap Albums chart, matching Tech N9ne for the most by any act since the chart began in 2004.

Beyond the album’s achievement, three Asahd tracks have found a warm reception on radio. The SZA-featuring “Just Us” races 34-23 in its third week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay tally and registers a 57% surge to 6.9 million in format audience in the week ending May 2, according to Nielsen Music. It also posts a double-digit jump on Rhythmic Songs, moving 25-15 through a 43 percent gain in plays in the same window, enough to snag the chart’s Greatest Gainer honor. “Us” also quickly has crossed over into pop territory, debuting at No. 36 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Elsewhere, “Wish Wish,” featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage, lifts 35-32 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay through a 14% boost to 4.9 million in audience. It also moves 25-22 on Rap Airplay thanks to an 18% growth in spins.

“Wish” was the highest-debuting Asahd track on the June 1-dated Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ranking, which blends airplay, sales and streaming. The song started at No. 8, directly ahead of the No. 9 opening of another Asahd cut, “Higher,” featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend. The two songs combined to give Khaled his 13th and 14th career top 10s on the list.

Meanwhile, “You Stay,” featuring Meek Mill, J Balvin, Lil Baby and Jeremih, climbs 48-39 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (up 48 percent to 4.1 million in audience). The tune also advances 40-34 on Rhythmic Songs through a 47 percent jump in weekly plays.


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