Future celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as DS2 arrives atop the list. The set starts at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 8 with 147,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music.
The album is his third studio effort and was released on July 17 through A-1/Freebandz/Epic Records, though it was only announced on July 10.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based onmulti-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The Aug. 8-dated chart will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, July 28.
Future also tallied his best sales week yet, as DS2 launches with 121,000 albums sold. That more than doubles his previous high, when his last album, 2014’sHonest, bowed at No. 2 with 53,000. (His first set, 2012’s Pluto, debuted and peaked at No. 8 off a 41,000 start.) DS2 was ushered in by its single “Commas,” which peaked at No. 11 on the Hot Rap Songs chart in June.
Meek Mill’s long-delayed Dreams Worth More Than Money was released on June 29, though that release date was only announced on June 23 (the same day it became available for pre-orders through digital services). The album was initially planned for a September 2014 release. Dreams Worth More Than Moneyultimately debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (with 246,000 units), giving Meek Mill his first chart-topper and his best sales week ever (215,000 sold).
Kendrick Lamar’s No. 1-debuting To Pimp a Butterfly was released on March 16, just 10 days after it was announced on March 6. Drake’s chart-topping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was both announced and went on sale the same day, Feb. 12.
Taylor Swift‘s 1989 holds at No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 with 50,000 units (down 9 percent).
Country superstar Alan Jackson collects his 14th top 10 album as Angels and Alcohol bows at No. 3 with 48,000 units. It also debuts at No. 1 the Top Country Albums chart (45,000 in pure album sales) — Jackson’s 14th leader on the tally. He was last atop the list in 2012 with Thirty Miles West. Jackson’s first No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart came in 1993 with A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love), which ruled for five weeks.
Tyrese‘s Black Rose falls from No. 1 to No. 4 with 47,000 (down a moderate 40 percent in its second week).
Jason Isbell arrives in the top 10 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums, as his new Something More Than Free launches at No. 5 on the former (41,000 units) and No. 2 on the latter (40,000 copies sold — his best sales week). It’s the first top 10 on both charts for Isbell, who has previously logged three chart entries on the Billboard 200 since 2009, going as high as No. 23 in 2013 withSoutheastern.
Isbell’s new album also debuts at No. 1 on both the Top Rock Albums and Folk Albums charts.
Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money descends 3-6 with 39,000 (down 26 percent).
The fourth and final debut in the top 10 comes from rock act Tame Impala, which scores its first top 10 with Currents. It’s the act’s third full-length studio effort and it launches with 38,000 units (of which 33,000 are pure album sales, a career high). Tame Impala’s last album, 2012’s Lonerism, debuted and peaked at No. 34 (12,000 sold in its first week). It went on to sell a total of 210,000 copies in the United States.
Rounding out the top 10 are Ed Sheeran‘s X (5-8 with 32,000; down 4 percent),Sam Hunt‘s Montevallo (7-9 with 30,000 units; up 1 percent) and Kidz Bop Kids‘Kidz Bop 29 (4-10 with 24,000 units; down 35 percent).
source: billboard.com By Keith Caulfield