Charts


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Two of hip-hop’s newest — and polarizing — stars claim the top two spots on this week’s Billboard 200. After being delayed for months, the wait for Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 has paid off as the album debuts at No. 1 with first-week sales of 135,000 (28,000 in traditional album sales). With 100,000 SEA (streaming equivalent album) units, Luv Is Rage 2 has the third-highest streaming debut of 2017 behind only Drake’s More Life (257,000) and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (227,000).

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For the first time in approximately eight years, two months and 23 days, Drake is absent from the Billboard Hot 100.

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Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has refused to budge from the top three spots of the Billboard 200 since its release back in April, but this week, the album has returned to its rightful position at the very top.

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Lana Del Rey, Tyler, The Creator and Meek Mill headlined a busy album release day last Friday, and it was a close race. According to Chart Data, Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life snagged the top spot on the Billboard after selling 103,000 equivalent album units in its opening week. Tyler’s Flower Boy came in at a close second with 100,000 sales, while Meek’s Wins & Losses landed at No. 3 with a first-week tally of 98,500. All three albums overachieved on their initial projections.

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The first week numbers for French Montana’s Jungles Rules are in. According to Nielsen Music, the Bronx rapper’s sophomore album debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 after selling 52,000 equivalent album units (16,000 in traditional sales). Lead by the song-of-the-summer contender “Unforgettable” featuring Swae Lee, which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Jungle Rules is French’s highest charting album to date.

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