Hip Hop Album Sales: Lil Baby's "Harder Than Ever" Makes Big Billboard 200 Debut

Lil Baby’s latest effort, Harder Than Ever, has made its Billboard 200 debut at #3 for the week ending May 24.

Elsewhere on the chart, South Korean boy band BTS and their latest album Love Yourself: Tear knocked Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys out of the #1 spot, which was bumped to #2.

Further down the list, NAV’s Reckless entered in the Top 10, Playboi Carti’s Die Lit took a 57 percent dive, and 19-year-old newcomer Juice WRLD and his Goodbye & Good Riddance project made its entrance at #15.

Big Moves For Lil Baby

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With 71,108 total album equivalent units sold, 4,524 pure album sales and a streaming count of 97,187,972, Lil Baby’s newest project Harder Than Ever landed at the #3 in its first week. Released by Quality Control, Harder Than Ever serves as the follow-up to 2017’s Too Hard mixtape.

Lil Baby recently teamed up with Drake for “Yes Indeed,” which is the second single from the project.

NAV Makes Top 10 Debut

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NAV and his new effort, Reckless, hit the chart at #8 with 36,401 total album equivalent units, 3,903 pure album sales and a streaming count of 47,685,520.

The project comes roughly 10 months after Perfect Timing, his collaborative mixtape with celebrated producer Metro Boomin. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at #13 with 30,000 total album equivalent sales in its first week.

Playboi Carti Takes A Tumble

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Playboi Carti’s Die Lit plummeted 57 percent but still ended up at #10 in its third week. With 26,378 total album equivalent units sold, 544 pure album sales and a streaming count of 38,078,809, the album fell seven spots from the week ending May 17.

The platinum-selling rapper’s self-titled mixtape was released last year and moved 28,000 units in its first week.

Read the Die Lit review here. 

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 05/24/2018

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — #2 — 122,954 (15,215) [151,302,953]
  2. Lil Baby — Harder Than Ever — #3 — 71,108 (4,524) [97,187,972]
  3. Cardi B — Invasion Of Privacy — #5 — 48,102 (3,501) [60,808,160]
  4. J. Cole — KOD — #7 — 41,318 (6,207) [51,062,890]
  5. NAV — Reckless — #8 — 36,401 (3,903) [47,685,520]
  6. Various Artists — Black Panther: The Album — #9 — 28,248 (5,466) [30,179,199]
  7. Playboi Carti – Die Lit — #10 — 26,378 (544) [38,078,809]
  8. Post Malone — Stoney — #11 — 25,994 (1,891) [33,730,829]
  9. Migos — Culture II — #12 —25,924 (1,380) [34,133,448]
  10. Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance — #15 — 23,538 (1,052) [32,413,835]



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