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Pop Smoke’s ‘Faith’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Plus: John Mayer bows at No. 2 with “Sob Rock.”

Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album, Faith, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, garnering the rapper his second leader. The guest-laden collection was released on July 16 and starts with 88,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data.

The standard 20-track Faith features more than 20 guest stars, including Chris Brown, Future, Dua Lipa and Kanye West. A deluxe version of Faith, with four bonus tracks, was released on July 21.

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 comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new July 31, 2021-dated chart (where Faith debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on July 27. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Faith’s 88,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending July 22, SEA units comprise 83,000 (equaling 113.34 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 4,000 and TEA units comprise 1,000.

Pop Smoke previously topped the Billboard 200 with Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, which opened at No. 1 on the list dated July 18, 2020, and spent two nonconsecutive weeks atop the chart. The set, which was billed as the rapper’s first studio album, went on to be the No. 3 most popular album of 2020, according to MRC Data. It also won the 2021 Billboard Music Award for Top Billboard 200 Album. On the latest Billboard 200, Shoot jumps 11-9 with 28,000 units (up 5%).

All told, Faith is Pop Smoke’s fourth charting album, and third top 10. He also landed in the region with the mixtape Meet the Woo, V.2 (debuting and peaking at No. 7 on the Feb. 22, 2020, chart) and Meet the Woo, V.1 Mixtape (No. 105 peak on March 7, 2020).

Pop Smoke was killed on Feb. 19, 2020, at age 20, after being shot during a home-invasion robbery in Los Angeles.

John Mayer notches his 10th top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as the singer-songwriter’s latest studio release, Sob Rock, debuts at No. 2 with 84,000 equivalent album units earned.

Of Sob Rock’s starting sum of 84,000 units, album sales comprise 61,000 (making it the top-selling album of the week), SEA units comprise 22,000 (equaling 28.59 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 1,000.

Mayer previously visited the top 10 with: The Search for Everything (No. 2 in 2017); The Search for Everything: Wave One (No. 2, 2017); Paradise Valley (No. 2, 2013); Born and Raised (No. 1, 2012); Battle Studies (No. 1, 2009); Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles (No. 5, 2008); Continuum (No. 2, 2006); Heavier Things (No. 1, 2003); and Room for Squares (No. 8, 2003).

Olivia Rodrigo’s former leader Sour slips 1-3 on the Billboard 200 with 77,000 equivalent album units (down 7%), while Doja Cat’s Planet Her dips 2-4 with 59,000 units (down 2%). Morgan Wallen’s chart-topping Dangerous: The Double Album falls 3-5 with 44,000 units (down 1%), Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s former No. 1 The Voice of the Heroes descends 4-6 with 36,000 units (down 13%), and Polo G’s chart-topper Hall of Fame dips 5-7 with 33,000 units (down 10%).

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia falls 6-8 with 29,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%), Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, as noted above, rises 11-9 with 28,000 (up 5%) and Bo Burnham’s Inside (The Songs) falls 9-10 with 25,000 (down 8%).