A$AP Rocky Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Matthew Salacuse

Rocky shows off his golden smile, as he takes congratulatory calls on the celebratory day.

As forecasted a week ago, rapper A$AP Rocky bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his debut album "Long.Live.A$AP," selling 139,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Long.Live.A$AP" is the first debut album to hit No. 1 since fellow rapper 2 Chainz's "Based On a T.R.U. Story" opened atop the Sept. 1, 2012 list. (Though, 2 Chainz had released two earlier charting sets as part of the hip-hop duo Playaz Circle.)

A$AP Rocky's set is currently enjoying a top five hit single on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "F**kin' Problems" (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar). So far, the song has sold 854,000 downloads.

A$AP Rocky's first taste of a Billboard chart came barely more than a year ago, when he was the featured guest on a remix of Rihanna's song "Cockiness (Love It)." The tune spent four weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs sales chart, beginning on Dec. 10, 2011. The remix has shifted 54,000 downloads -- 19% of the song's overall sales.

"Long.Live.A$AP" is one of only two debuts in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week. In the runner-up slot is the arriving "Kidz Bop 23" album, launching with 78,000 -- the best sales week for an album in the Kidz Bop series since 2006.

The last "Kidz Bop" set to move a larger figure in a week was "Kidz Bop 10," which bounded in at No. 3 on Aug. 19, 2006 with 117,000. The last four volumes in the regular "Kidz Bop" line (Vols. 19-22) have started with between 59,000 and 70,000.

"Kidz Bop 23" features kid-friendly covers of such recent top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits Rihanna's "Diamonds," Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" and One Direction's "Live While We're Young."

"Kidz Bop 23" is the fifth No. 2 set for the long-running franchise, though a No. 1 title continues to elude the Kids. In total, "Kidz Bop 23" has logged 35 entries on the Billboard 200, with 16 of its releases reaching the top 10. The last regular Kidz Bop album, "Kidz Bop 22," started at No. 2 with 64,000.

In total, the Kidz Bop series has sold 13.3 million albums in the U.S. Its best-selling title is its premiere 2001 release, simply titled "Kidz Bop," which has sold 959,000.

As for the rest of the top 10 this week, the "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack continues to climb (despite a decline in sales) -- rising 5-3 with 45,000 (down 1%). Taylor Swift's "Red" is steady at No. 4 (41,000; down 17%), Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" rises 6-5 (39,000; down 8%) and the "Les Miserables" film soundtrack slips 3-6 (just under 39,000; down 25%).

The Lumineers' self-titled set hits a new peak, moving up one spot to No. 7 (38,000; up 2%) while "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips' "The World From the Side of the Moon" jumps back into the top 10, moving 14-8 (25,000; up 10%). The latter album benefits from Phillips appearance on the season premiere of "American Idol" (Jan. 16) where he opened the show with a performance of "Home."

Closing out the top 10: Mumford & Sons' "Babel" rises 11-9 (25,000; down 13%) and One Direction's "Take Me Home" is a non-mover at No. 10 (23,000; down 20%).

Last week's No. 1 album, Chris Tomlin's "Burning Lights," falls to No. 22 with 16,000 (down 78%). As a significant number of the album's first-week sales were generated by pre-orders and non-traditional sales, its large second-week decline was expected. The fall from No. 1 is biggest positional drop from the top since Michael Buble's "Christmas" collapsed 1-24 on the chart dated Jan. 14, 2013 (reflecting the post-Christmas slump -- so it was natural for the album to slide).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) remains at No. 1 for a second week. The song sold 341,000 (up 22%) -- the first time it has surpassed the 300,000 weekly sales mark. Its total sales now stand at 1.98 million.

Debuting at No. 2 is Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" (featuring Jay-Z) with 314,000 downloads. It's easily Timberlake's best sales week ever for a download, surpassing the 250,000 debut of "SexyBack" in 2006. "Suit & Tie's" bow is a little softer than the 350,000 some label sources had forecasted. However, it's still an impressive figure -- and the largest debut for a song by a male artist since Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" bowed with 521,000 on the April 14, 2012 chart.

Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" slips 2-3 (221,000; down 15%) while will.i.am & Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout" falls 3-4 (185,000; down 2%). The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" is steady at No. 5 (156,000; up 1%) and Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" (featuring John Martin) is also a non-mover at No. 6 (141,000; down 2%).

Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" tumbles 4-7 (135,000; down 16%), Phillip Phillips' "Home" slips 7-8 (122,000; down less than 1%) and Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj) is stationary at No. 9 (106,000; down 11%). Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" (featuring Minaj) returns to the top 10 for the first time in six weeks, climbing 12-10 (93,000; down 6%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Jan. 20) totaled 4.97 million units, down 2% compared with the sum last week (5.09 million) and down 2% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.06 million). Year to date album sales stand at 16.32 million, up 2% compared to the same total at this point last year (15.95 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 27.82 million downloads, down 4% compared with last week (28.83 million) and down less than 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2012 (27.89 million). Year to date track sales are at 91.17 million, up 2% compared to the same total at this point last year (89.21 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2012 when: Adele's "21" held at No. 1 for an 18th nonconsecutive week (116,000; up 22%) while seven debuts started in the top 10, led by Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" at No. 2 (68,000).