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Big Sean’s ‘Detroit 2’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Big Sean scores his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as 'Detroit 2' debuts atop the list.

Big Sean scores his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Detroit 2 debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 4 via G.O.O.D./Def Jam, launches with 103,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. He previously notched No. 1s with his last two solo releases, 2017’s I Decided and 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise.

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 Sept. 19-dated chart (where Detroit 2 bows at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Tuesday, Sept. 15. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Detroit 2’s 103,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Sept. 10, SEA units comprise 71,000 (equating to 93.55 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), 30,000 are in album sales (aided by merchandise/album bundles) and 2,000 in TEA units.

Detroit 2 was announced in March, and follows Big Sean’s 2012 free mixtape Detroit.

Detroit 2 is also Def Jam’s second No. 1 of 2020, following Justin Bieber’s Changes (released via SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Def Jam).


A pair of former No. 1s stay steady in the Nos. 2 and 3 slots: Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (75,000 equivalent album units earned, down 3 percent) and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die (57,000 units; down 11 percent).

6ix9ine’s TattleTales opens at No. 4 with 53,000 equivalent album units earned, notching the rapper his third top 10. Of the set’s starting sum, 32,000 are in album sales (supported by an array of merchandise/album bundles), 20,000 are in SEA units (equaling 32.94 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs) and 1,000 are in TEA units.


The album was preceded by a trio of tracks that hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Gooba” (which peaked at No. 3), “Trollz,” with Nicki Minaj (which logged 6ix9ine his first No. 1 in June) and “Yaya” (No. 99).Taylor Swift’s Folklore falls from No. 1 to No. 5 after spending its first six weeks atop the list. It tallied 48,000 equivalent album units in the latest tracking week (down 46 percent).

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical is a non-mover at No. 6 with 44,000 equivalent album units earned (down 9 percent), while Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn is also steady at No. 7 with 40,000 (down 5 percent).

Closing out the top 10: Rod Wave’s Pray 4 Love is stationary at No. 8 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned (down 10 percent), DaBaby’s Blame It On Baby holds at No. 9 with nearly 30,000 units (down 7 percent) and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding rises 11-10 with just under 30,000 units (down 3 percent).