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Nas Makes ‘Magic’ in Top 5 of Top Rap Albums Chart

The legendary MC's latest album, a surprise release on Christmas Eve, becomes his 10th top 10 on the chart.

Nas expands his top 10 count on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart, as Magic debuts at No. 5 on the chart dated Jan. 8 to secure his tenth top 10 effort on the list. The set, released Dec. 24 on Mass Appeal after one day of notice, starts with 21,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 30, according to MRC Data.

Of Magic‘s first-week activity, just under 12,500 of the 21,000 units derive from streaming-album equivalents, representing 16.4 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks. 8,000 units are from traditional album sales, and the remaining 500 units come through track-equivalent units. (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.)

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Magic, produced by Hit-Boy, is Nas’ second album release of 2021. It follows King’s Disease II, which debuted at No. 1 and held the rank for one week in August.

With the debut, Nas picks up his 10th top 10 on Top Rap Albums since the list began in 2004. Here’s the updated recap:

Album Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Street’s Disciple, No. 2, Dec. 18, 2004
Hip Hop Is Dead, No. 1 (two weeks), Jan. 6, 2007
Untitled, No. 1 (two weeks), Aug. 2, 2008
Distant Relatives, with Damian “Jr. gong” Marley, No. 1 (two weeks), June 5, 2010
Life Is Good, No. 1 (two weeks), Aug. 4, 2012
Nasir, No. 4, June 30, 2018
The Lost Tapes 2, No. 4, Aug. 3, 2019
King’s Disease, No. 4, Sept. 5, 2020
King’s Disease II, No. 1 (one week), Aug. 21, 2021
Magic, No. 5, Jan. 8, 2022

He’s missed the top 10 just once, with the No. 11-peaking Greatest Hits in 2007. While Nas’ career predates the Top Rap Albums list, the rapper has landed a strong success rate on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, which encompasses his entire career. Before Street’s Disciple, Nas logged eight top 10s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, from 1994’s Illmatic to 2003’s God’s Son. In that span, five of those efforts reached No. 1.

Elsewhere, Magic debuts at No. 11 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at No. 27 on the Billboard 200.

As Magic arrives, the album track “Speechless” opens at No. 15 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart with 1,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 30. Likewise, it begins at No. 8 on Rap Digital Song Sales.

“Speechless” also is Magic’s second-best streamer for the week, with 2 million U.S. streams. “Wave Gods,” with A$AP Rocky and DJ Premier, leads that category, with 2.6 million clicks in its first week.