Hip Hop Album Sales: Drake Keeps Hitting Milestones As "Scorpion" Stays At No. 1 For 5th Straight Week

Drake’s Scorpion has maintained its No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending August 2.

It marks the album’s fifth consecutive week in the top slot. The last album to accomplish this feat was the Toronto rap titan’s VIEWS, which spent a total of nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2016. It hit a total of 13 non-consecutive weeks at the top.

Elsewhere on the chart, G Herbo makes his debut with Swervo and Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance jumps up two spots to land in the Top 5.

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With 145,430 total album equivalent units sold (11,757 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 169,566,926), Scorpion has secured the top spot again and helps Drake keep rising through the ranks.

The 6 God has surpassed JAY-Z as the Hip-Hop artist with the second-most weeks at No. 1, behind Eminem, who has 32 weeks at the top. Drake currently has 26 weeks at No. 1.

Scorpion marks Drake’s fifth solo studio album and was supported by singles such as “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What” and “In My Feelings.”

Read DX’s Scorpion review here.

G Herbo Makes Debut


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G Herbo and Southside’s collaborative album Swervo has made its entrance at No. 15 with 22,435 total album equivalent units sold (2,580 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 25,397,935).

The project serves as his follow-up to Humble Beast. The Chicago rapper’s inaugural album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 upon its September 2017 release, earning 20,000 total album equivalent units in its first week.

In other notable Hip Hop debuts, Denzel Curry’s TA13OO entered at No. 28 (with 16,761 equivalent albums units) Dave East’s Karma 2 debuted at No. 41 (with 12,592 equivalent albums units).

Juice WRLD Squeezes Into Top 5

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Despite its two percent decline in sales, Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance has jumped two spots from No. 6 to land at No. 4. This week, the project reeled in 39,047 total album equivalent units (805 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 57,916,695.

Goodbye & Good Riddance is the 19-year-old Illinois native’s first album. It spawned a video and single for “Lucid Dreams,” Juice WRLD’s highest charting single. It climbed to No. 3 on the Hot 100 after initially debuting at No. 74.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 08/02/2018

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. Drake — Scorpion — No. 1 — 145,430 (11,757) [169,566,926]
  2. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 3 — 61,748 (4,730) [73,565,962]
  3. Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance — No. 4 — 39,047 (805) [57,916,695]
  4. Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy — No. 5 — 38,040 (1,713) [43,952,464]
  5. XXXTENTACION — ? — No. 6 — 38,019 (1,888) [54,598,086]
  6. Lil Baby — Harder Than Ever — No. 12 — 24,205 (289) [32,790,098]
  7. Wiz Khalifa — Rolling Papers 2 — No. 14 — 23,442 (947) [30,171,703]
  8. G Herbo — Swervo — No. 15 — 22,435 (2,580) [25,397,935]
  9. Post Malone — Stoney — No. 18 — 21,077 (1,176) [27,426,154]
  10. JAY-Z & Beyoncé — EVERYTHING IS LOVE – No. 20 — 19,544 (4,283) [18,776,565]

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