Hip Hop Album Sales: Future Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 With "The WIZRD"

Future’s latest project The WIZRD has earned the platinum-selling artist his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 for the week ending January 24. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN project takes a 13 percent dip to land in the Top 3, while Meek Mill’s Championships album also takes a 13 percent hit to wind up in the Top 5.

Elsewhere on the chart, XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only Vol. 4 compilation makes its debut at No. 23 and the Aesop Rock-helmed duo Malibu Ken enters the chart at No. 176 with its self-titled effort.

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Future’s music career continues to blossom with his sixth No. 1 album in three years and five months, the quickest accumulation since Elton John in the ’70s. With 125,948 total album equivalent units, 15,300 pure album sales and a streaming count of 143,619,329, The WIZRD easily nabbed the Billboard 200 crown.

In 2017, Future and HNDRXX (his fifth and sixth studio albums, respectively) debuted at No. 1 back-to-back. Subsequently, Future became the first artist to debut two albums at No. 1 at the same time on the Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums Chart.


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Despite XXXTENTACION’s 2018 shooting death, his legacy lives on. Earlier this month, Empire released a collection of songs titled XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only Vol. 4, which contains previously unheard tracks from the late Florida rapper as well as fresh cuts from his Members Only collective.

But with 21,014 total album equivalent units, 2,922 pure album sales and a streaming count of 27,282,609, it was only enough to land at No. 23. Meanwhile, his last official studio album ? has been on the charts for the past 45 weeks and is hanging relatively steady at No. 18.

Aes & TOBACCO Are Malibu Ken

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Consistently cryptic wordsmith Aesop Rock and longtime friend TOBACCO of Black Moth Super Rainbow teamed up for a new project called Malibu Ken. Their self-titled inaugural project pulled in 5,875 total album equivalent units, 5,063 pure album sales and a streaming count of 1,024,702 to debut at No. 176.

The Rhymesayers MC’s last solo effort, The Impossible Kid, peaked at No. 60 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in 2016.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 01/24/2019

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. Future — The WIZRD — No. 1 — 125,948 (15,300) [143,619,329]
  2. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 3 — 48,936 (614) [71,197,924]
  3. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 4 — 38,735 (4,622) [43,858,759]
  4.  21 Savage — I Am > I Was — No. 5 — 37,310 (651) [52,609,890]
  5. . Meek Mill — Championships — No. 6 — 36,610 (1,120) [47,902,823]
  6. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 7 — 35,383 (2,363) [45,123,206]
  7. Travis Scott — Astroworld — No. 10 — 34,440 (1,281) [45,227,628]
  8. Drake — Scorpion — No. 11 — 33,532 (1,111) [43,790,824]
  9. Kodak Black — Dying To Live — No. 12 — 29,559 (290) [42,686,095]
  10. Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance — No. 15 — 25,496 (463) [40,242,061]

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