Lil Yachty’s long-awaited debut album, Teenage Emotions, was released a week ago Friday (May 26) — and despite his current superstar status — Bryson Tiller was able to blow Lil Boat out of the water with True To Self, which dropped as an early surprise the same day.
True To Self debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with total sales of 106,570, marking the Kentucky native’s first #1 album. Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed fourth studio album, DAMN., is holding steady in the #2 slot while Drake’s More Life and Lil Yachty’s aforementioned album hit the #4 and #5 slot, respectively.
Bryson Tiller Lands First #1 Album
Since releasing his 2015 debut, Trapsoul, Bryson Tiller’s star has only gotten brighter. In June 2016, he was honored with Best New Artist and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist trophies at the BET Awards and appeared on DJ Khaled’s star-studded Major Key album that same year. Now, his sophomore album, True To Self, has catapulted to #1 and sold 106,570 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. The album was also streamed 85,005,361 times.
Lil Yachty Debuts At #5
Lil Yachty’s fans likely had high hopes for his debut album, Teenage Emotions, but according to Nielsen Music, it surfaced at the #5 slot on the Billboard 200 with 45,589 equivalent album units sold, which is less than half of what Tiller’s True To Self pulled off.
Lil Boat took to Instagram to address the numbers Monday (June 5), writing, “I understand first week numbers didn’t do what most people expected but that’s only because they don’t understand me. They don’t understand us. I don’t expect anybody to.”
Message to all my fans. I just want to thank you for giving me your all. Supporting me and backing me up when I'm not around but am always in spirit. I didn't make this 21 project for the old reviews and bloggers. I made it for real Lil yachty fans who have been dying for new music from me… that's why I put so many songs.. that's why it's mostly just me. Because it's from me to you. I understand first week numbers didn't do what most people expected but that's only because they don't understand me. They don't understand us. I don't expect anybody to. I make it for those who listen. I feel like my brand is so big and blew up so big, it blew up bigger than my actual music. Which isn't the worst situation it could be worse all I have to is make it to where my brand hype and music hype equal out.. I am back in the studio. Working on my next ep. I know what you guys (my fans) liked about the project and didn't like.. I'm putting that into consideration. It is now time to focus on my tour. Teenage Tour. Which is going to be fucking lit. A fucking experience to the young youth ready to lose there minds!!!!!!!! With this being my last few months of being a teenager I am just living with no regrets having fun and enjoying life. And that's what I did with this album. I'm glad I made it and I personally love it. Think it's awesome. I need to see everybody at the local date on the teenage tour singing there heart out. I need to meet y'all at the meeting greets and I need to know y'all' favorite song and why. Videos coming soon. To my fans. I appreciate you for riding this journey with me. I love you guys always and forever. Fuck the outsiders.. do you. See you on tour. ⛵️
Yachty’s debut did 35,352,251 album streams, even with 21 songs on the album. Compare that to the 36,406,198 streams that Migos’ CULTURE did in its 18th week on the chart, where it’s currently holding the 14th spot.
Kendrick Lamar Still Hanging Tough
After seven weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is again sitting pretty in the #2 slot, which is where it sat the week before. The album, unsurprisingly, debuted at #1 when it was released on April 14 and is already certified Platinum. For the week ending June 1, it has racked up another 84,688,024 streams.
Gucci Mane Not So Gucci
The tireless workhorse known as Gucci Mane dropped his latest project, DropTopWop, last week, but couldn’t crack the Top 10. The album debuted in the #12 slot with a total of 32,202 equivalent album unit sales and 33,483,768 streams.
Gucci’s first post-prison LP, Everybody Looking, debuted in the #2 spot last August with first-week equivalent sales of 67,984.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 6/01/2017
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.
- Bryson Tiller — True To Self — #1 — 106,570 (47,436) [85,005,361]
- Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #2 — 84,428 (19,699) [84,688,024]
- Drake — More Life — #4 — 49,721 (2,844) [63,905,782]
- Lil Yachty — Teenage Emotions — #5 — 45,589 (20,344) [63,905,782]
- Bruno Mars — 24k Magic — #7 — 38,020 (14,941) [22,391,553]
- Gucci Mane — DropTopWop — #12 — 32,202 (8,151) [33,483,768]
- Post Malone — Stoney — #13 — 29,849 (2,238) [34,232,070]
- Migos — Culture — #14 — 29,356 (2,204) [36,406,198]
- Future — Future — #17 — 28,238 (1,020) [34,967,974]
- Khalid — American Teen — #19 — 24,411 (2,343) [30,140,853]