The late King Von lands his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with his posthumous release, What It Means to Be King. It debuts in the top slot of the chart dated March 19 after it earned 59,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 10, according to MRC Data.
In line with virtually all hip-hop releases, streams provide the heavy majority of the album’s first-week impact. 55,000 of the 59,000 units derive from that sector (equaling 79.1 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks), 4,000 units come through album sales, and the remaining units are a negligible sum from track-equivalent albums. (One unit equals the following levels of consumption: one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)
King gives the late rapper, who was killed in November 2020 at age 26, his first champ on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his previous effort, Welcome to O’Block, which reached No. 3 in the wake of his death.
Elsewhere, King likewise becomes his first leader on Top Rap Albums and starts at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200. On the latter, it arrives behind the runaway hit soundtrack to Disney’s Encanto, which rules for a ninth nonconsecutive week.
As King arrives, eight of its songs appear on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Don’t Play That,” with 21 Savage, leads the crew with a 38-15 thrust in its fifth week, after having previously peaked at No. 11. The leap comes through a streaming influx due to the album release; the track registered 8 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 10, up 44% from the 5.6 million the previous week and enough for the chart’s weekly Streaming Gainer prize.
The other seven songs are all debuts:
No. 23, “War”
No. 33, “Facetime,” featuring G Herbo
No. 34, “Straight to It,” featuring Fivio Foreign
No. 36, “Evil Twins,” with Lil Durk
No. 37, “Trust Nothing,” featuring Moneybagg Yo
No. 43, “Too Real”
No. 45, “Where I’m From”