Cardi B Debuts at No. 1 With ‘Invasion of Privacy’

On April 6, Cardi B released her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. After a whirlwind press tour that included co-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performing on Saturday Night Live, the first week totals are in. Invasion of Privacy has pushed 255,000 equivalent album units in its first week, making it the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The total is also the second-biggest week of 2018 behind Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods (293,000 units).

Cardi’s dominance manifested itself in the streaming world as well, with Invasion of Privacy garnering 100 million streams worldwide in a week. That figure allowed Cardi B to eclipse Taylor Swift’s Apple Music record for the most worldwide streams of an album by a female artist in its first week, although the accomplishment comes under different circumstances.

“Since Swift’s album was not available on streaming services for its first three weeks of release, the comparison is not quite an equal one — Swift’s album sold 1.216 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music,” a Variety report noted.

Cardi B now joins Eve, Foxy Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Lauryn Hill as the only female rappers to top the Billboard 200. Nicki is the only member of that group to do so more than once.

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The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy’ Debuts at No. 1

The Weeknd's latest album My Dear Melancholy debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, making it his third consecutive No. 1 in a row. The album was released by surprise on March 30 by XO/Republic Records. In the week that ended on April 5, the album earned 169,000 equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music. This is the largest week for an R&B album since The Weeknd's last album Starboy which was released in November 2016. 68,000 of these sales came from traditional albums. His first No. 1 was 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness

On March 27, The Weeknd posted a screenshot of a text conversation with La Mar Taylor, his creative director, on Instagram. The screenshot showed a message that read, “Should we drop Friday? I'm indifferent, to be honest.” They confirmed the album's release date two days later and dropped the six-track album that Friday. This is The Weeknd's first new project since the Grammy-winning Starboy. A few contributors on this project include Frank Dukes, Starrah, Mike Will Made-It, Skrillex, Gesaffelstein, and more.

My Dear Melancholy also has the highest sales week for an R&B album in nearly a year, according to Billboard. The album is the shortest (by track count) to reach No. 1 in almost eight years. As of now, you can only get the album via digital download: physical CDS are set for an April 13 release. Billboard has predicted that its lead-off track, “Call Out My Name,” will soon achieve a top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100, which is slated for April 14.

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Drake’s “God’s Plan” Is Now the No. 1 Song in the Country

Even when we don't see Drake coming, he knows where the culture is going. It's a vision like that that has landed The Boy at the top of the Billboard Hot 100: “God's Plan” is officially No. 1. As if that wasn't enough, “Diplomatic Immunity,” the other track in his 2-pack Scary Hours EP, is No. 7 according to Billboard. That makes Drake the first artist to have two songs debut in the Top 10 simultaneously since Ed Sheeran, who did so last January with “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” Sheeran and Drake are the only two artists to have accomplished such a feat. Clap for 'em.

When you look at the numbers, it's not surprising to see him at the top of the charts. Per Billboard and Nielsen Music, “God's Plan” was also No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 82.4 million U.S. streams. Speaking of streaming, just last week Drake broke records with both Spotify and Apple Music. Chart Data reported that “God's Plan” was streamed 4,326,679 times in the U.S., a single-day record. And Zane Lowe let the world know via Twitter that “God's Plan” was streamed more than 14 million times on its first day on Apple Music, a worldwide record for the platform.

With “God's Plan,” Drake has bumped Camila Cabello and Young Thug's “Havana” from the No. 1 spot, where it spent just one week. The competition is fierce outchea.

“God's Plan” is Drake's first debut at No. 1, and his fourth overall Hot 100 No. 1. His features with Rihanna, “What's My Name?” in 2010 and “Work” in 2016, earned him No. 1 spots, as well as his lead single “One Dance” featuring WizKid and Kyla, which also held the top spot in 2016. His latest chart topper marks his second No. 1 as a lead artist, and his first as a solo act. 

According to Chart Data, Drake joins Mariah Carey and The Beatles as the only artists with 20 or more Hot 100 top 10s in a single decade.​ While Drizzy is running these 2010s, Mariah dominated in the '90s, and The Beatles held it down in the '60s. 

Drake is reportedly already back in the studio: he's been seen hanging with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and has posted visuals of his studio to his Instagram stories. 

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ Has Spent 25 Consecutive Weeks in the Billboard 200 Top 10

A few days after Kendrick Lamar released Damn back in April, the Compton rapper was projected to not only debut at No. 1, but also move close to half a million equivalent album units first week. The end result was the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart and 603,000 units moved. That moment was a sign of his impending chart dominance this year.

In the Billboard 200 chart week ending Oct. 5, Kendrick reached another career achievement: Damn has spent 25 consecutive weeks in the top 10. That's nearly half of the entire year. No matter how you slice it, it's an impressive feat.

Here's what makes it more impressive. In a year where albums have been released from Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Katy Perry—three artists who have made the Billboard charts home their entire career—only Damn and Sheeran's ​÷ have spent 25 or more weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. Sheeran has tallied up 27 weeks, but his longest streak is 20. 

And if we're talking streaks, Damn spent 21 straight weeks in the top five; Sheeran's ÷ topped out at nine weeks.

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The last rapper to spend 25 or more weeks in the top 10 was Drake with his 2016 release Views. That album lasted 35 weeks in the top 10, with a streak of 30 (May 21-Dec. 10).

Back in July, Billboard unveiled Nielsen Music's mid-year report for top-performing albums based on overall equivalent album units, and Damn led the way with 1,772,000 units. That total is now around the 2.3 million mark based on recent reports, which means Kendrick Lamar is still the front-runner.

There's a possibility Taylor Swift could swoop in the last two months of 2017 and snatch the crown with her sixth studio album Reputation (due out Nov. 10), but for now King Kendrick reigns supreme.

Check out a week-to-week rank and figure breakdown of Damn below.

Week        Rank    Figure
April 20    No. 1    603,000
April 27    No. 1    239,000
May 4        No. 1    173,000
May 11      No. 3    134,000
May 18      No. 3    117,000
May 25      No. 2    98,000
June 1        No. 2    84,000
June 8        No. 2    73,000
June 15      No. 2    69,000
June 22      No. 3    70,000
June 29      No. 3    59,000
July 6         No. 3    56,000
July 13       No. 3    54,000
July 20       No. 2    56,000
July 27       No. 5    48,000
Aug. 3        No. 2    47,000
Aug. 10      No. 1    47,000
Aug. 17      No. 2    43,000
Aug. 24      No. 3    41,000
Aug. 31      No. 5    45,000
Sept. 7       No. 4    40,000
Sept. 14     No. 8    35,000
Sept. 21     No. 4    34,000
Sept. 28     No. 8    34,000
Oct. 5         No. 9    34,000

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The First Week Numbers for Drake’s ‘More Life’ Are In

As early forecasts predicted, Drake’s More Life is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sets a new streaming record.

Billboard reports More Life earned 505,000 equivalent album units in the week that ended March 23, according to Nielsen Music. By comparison, it’s the biggest week for any album since Drake’s VIEWS, which earned 1.04 million units during the week ending on May 21, 2016.

Billboard also notes:

Of More Life’s starting sum, a record 257,000 units were driven by streaming equivalent album units, equating to 384.8 million streams of songs from the 22-track album during the tracking frame (each unit equals 1,500 streams of songs from the album).

 

More Life’s total streaming sum beat VIEWS, which debuted with 163,000 streaming equivalent units (245.1 million song streams).

Drake earned his seventh No. 1 album of his career, tying Kanye West and Eminem for the second most No. 1s among hip-hop artists. The three MCs are trailing behind Jay Z, who has 13 No. 1 albums.

In other chart news, Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me enters at No. 3 with 106,000 units (70,000 in traditional album sales). Rather You Than Me is his largest sales sum since 2014’s Mastermind debuted at No. 1 with 179,000 copies sold.

Catch up on our review of More Life here, and our take on Rozay's “Idols Become Rivals” here.

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