Rapper Roddy Ricch starts straight in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his debut studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. The set, which was released on Dec. 6 via Bird Vision/Atlantic Records, starts with 101,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 12, according to Nielsen Music.
Also in the top 10, the Who’s new album, simply titled Who, starts at No. 2, tying the band’s best career rank, with 89,000 units; Camila Cabello?’s Romance bows at No. 3 with 86,000 units and XXXTentacion?’s posthumous release Bad Vibes Forever bows at No. 5 with 65,000 units. Meanwhile, Goodbye & Good Riddance and Death Race for Love, by the late Juice WRLD, climb back to the top 10 following his death on Dec. 8.
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). The new Dec. 21-dated chart (where Please Excuse Me bows at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Dec. 17.
Of Please Excuse Me’s overall start of 101,000 units, SEA units comprise 98,000 (equaling 130.7 million in on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs), along with 3,000 in album sales, and under 1,000 in TEA units.
Roddy Ricch (real name: Rodrick Moore) made his Billboard chart debut only a little more than a year ago, with his Feed Tha Streets II mixtape. The set bowed at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 17, 2018. He hit the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 songs chart a month later through his featured role on Meek Mill’s “Splash Warning,” debuting at No. 77 on the Dec. 15 list. Roddy Ricch claimed his first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 with his featured turn on his friend Nipsey Hussle?’s “Racks in the Middle,” which peaked at No. 26 on the April 20, 2019-dated list, shortly after Nipsey’s death on March 31.
The 21-year-old Ricch recently scored his first Grammy nominations, as he collected a trio of nods: best rap performance and best rap song for “Racks in the Middle,” along with best rap/sung performance for his featured role on Mustard’s “Ballin’.” The latter cut, which is not on Please Excuse Me, recently became Ricch’s first top 20 hit on the Hot 100, when it jumped 25-20 on the Nov. 30-dated chart. On the most recently published list, dated Dec. 14, it held at its peak of No. 16.
Legendary rock band the Who debuts at No. 2 with its latest album, Who. The set earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the tracking week, with 88,000 of that sum in album sales. The set’s bow was largely driven by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the band’s summer tour. The new album is the Who’s first studio effort since 2006’s Endless Wire, which debuted and peaked at No. 7.
In total, the Who has garnered 11 top 10 albums, with three of those going as high as No. 2: Quadrophenia (1973), Who Are You (1978) and now Who (2019).
Pop star Camila Cabello arrives at No. 3 with her second solo album, Romance. The set launches with 86,000 equivalent album units earned, with 54,000 of that sum in album sales. The rest of the album’s units were generated by 30,000 in SEA units (equating to 40.6 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in its first week) and 2,000 TEA units.
Romance‘s streaming start of 40.6 million clicks is the third-largest streaming debut for a pop album by a female artist in 2019. Only the arrivals of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next and Taylor Swift’s Lover were larger among pop sets by women. (Pop titles are those that did not chart on a genre-specific chart such as Alternative Albums, R&B Albums, etc.)
Like The Who’s Who, Romance was also aided by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer. Cabello additionally sold an array of merchandise/album bundles via her official webstore.
Earlier in 2019, Cabello saw the new album’s “Señorita,” a duet with Shawn Mendes, hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 (Aug. 31). She’s since followed it with two more charting tracks from the album (through the most recently published Hot 100, dated Dec. 14): “Liar” (so far peaking at No. 52) and “Shameless” (No. 60).
Romance follows Cabello’s first album, Camila, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Jan. 27, 2018, earning 119,000 units in its first week. Camila topped the Billboard 200 the same week that the set’s single, “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, also reached No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Back on the Billboard 200, Post Malone’s former No. 1, Hollywood’s Bleeding, falls from No. 2 to No. 4 with 66,000 equivalent album units (up 2%).
The fourth and final debut in the top 10 is XXXTentacion’s Bad Vibes Forever, which arrives at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 65,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 16,000. The hip-hop artist died on June 18, 2018, and Bad Vibes Forever marks his second posthumous No. 1; the set has been publicized as his final album. He previously hit the top with his last release, Skins (on the Dec. 22, 2018-dated chart) and ? (March 31, 2018). He also logged two further top 30-charting titles: 17 (No. 2; Sept. 16, 2017) and Revenge (No. 28; July 7, 2018).
A pair of albums from the late Juice WRLD return to the top 10, as Goodbye & Good Riddance climbs 71-6 with 59,000 equivalent album units (up 405%) while his former No. 1 Death Race for Love zooms 88-10 with 49,000 units (up 380%). The albums climb following the death of the hip-hop star on Dec. 8. Another album by Juice WRLD, his collaborative set with Future, WRLD on Drugs, re-enters the chart at No. 75 with 13,000 units (up 266%).
The Frozen II soundtrack falls from No. 1 to No. 7 with 59,000 equivalent album units (down 27%).
Rounding out the new top 10 are Michael Bublé’s former No. 1, Christmas, slipping 6-8 with 52,000 equivalent album units earned (up 8%) and Pentatonix’s The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, falling 8-9 with 52,000 units (up 20%).