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Future Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Future celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "DS2" arrives atop the list.


Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. PT on July 28 after Nielsen Music revised its sales data. Many unit and sales figures have changed, as have some of the rankings.

Future celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as DS2 arrives atop the list. The set starts at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 8 with 151,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music.

The album is his third studio effort and was released on July 17 through A-1/Freebandz/Epic Records, though it was only announced on July 10.

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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The Aug. 8-dated chart will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, July 28.

Future also tallied his best sales week yet, as DS2 launches with 126,000 albums sold. That more than doubles his previous high, when his last album, 2014’s Honest, bowed at No. 2 with 53,000. (His first set, 2012’s Pluto, debuted and peaked at No. 8 off a 41,000 start.) DS2 was ushered in by its single “Commas,” which peaked at No. 11 on the Hot Rap Songs chart in June.

Future’s new album is the latest major hip-hop release that arrived to market in 2015 with little notice, following No. 1s from Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

Meek Mill’s long-delayed Dreams Worth More Than Money was released on June 29, though that release date was only announced on June 23 (the same day it became available for pre-orders through digital services). The album was initially planned for a September 2014 release. Dreams Worth More Than Money ultimately debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (with 246,000 units), giving Meek Mill his first chart-topper and his best sales week ever (215,000 sold).

Kendrick Lamar’s No. 1-debuting To Pimp a Butterfly was released on March 16, just 10 days after it was announced on March 6. Drake’s chart-topping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was both announced and went on sale the same day, Feb. 12.

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 holds at No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 with 50,000 units (down 9 percent).

Tyrese‘s Black Rose falls from No. 1 to No. 3 with 50,000 (down a moderate 35 percent in its second week).

At No. 4, rock act Tame Impala scores its first top 10 with the arrival of Currents. It’s the act’s third full-length studio effort and it launches with 50,000 units (of which just over 45,000 are pure album sales, a career high). Tame Impala’s last album, 2012’s Lonerism, debuted and peaked at No. 34 (12,000 sold in its first week). It went on to sell a total of 210,000 copies in the United States.

Country superstar Alan Jackson collects his 14th top 10 album as Angels and Alcohol bows at No. 5 with 48,000 units. He notched his first top 10 back in 1994 with Who I Am, which peaked at No. 5.

Jason Isbell‘s Something More Than Free bows at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 47,000. It’s the first top 10 for Isbell, who has previously logged three chart entries on the Billboard 200 since 2009, going as high as No. 23 in 2013 with Southeastern.

Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money descends 3-7 with 39,000 (down 26 percent).

Rounding out the top 10 are Ed Sheeran‘s X (5-8 with 33,000; down 4 percent), Sam Hunt‘s Montevallo (7-9 with 30,000 units; up less than 1 percent) and Kidz Bop KidsKidz Bop 29 (4-10 with 25,000 units; down 35 percent).