Hip Hop Album Sales: 21 Savage Takes Billboard 200 Crown With "I Am > I Was"
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Hip Hop Album Sales: 21 Savage Takes Billboard 200 Crown With "I Am > I Was"

The time has come — the last Billboard 200 chart for 2018 has arrived. 21 Savage is going out on a high note after his sophomore album I Am > I Was landed at No. 1 for the week ending December 27. Following closely behind him is A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN project, which debuted at No. 2

Elsewhere on the chart, Meek Mill’s Championships slipped from No. 2 to No. 6, marking a 34 percent dip in sales, while YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s Realer cracked the Top 15.


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Despite his lightweight beef with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, 21 Savage has something to smile about as his year comes to a close. His sophomore studio album, I Am > I Was, has nabbed Billboard’s proverbial crown with 131,268 total album equivalent units, 17,870 pure album sales and a streaming count of 151,871,930.

The project follows 2017’s ISSA, which debuted at No. 2 with roughly 77,000 total album equivalent units sold in its first week.

Read the I Am> I Was review here. 

A Boogie Wit A No. 2 Album

A-Boogie also returned with his sophomore album, Hoodie SZN. With 89,827 total album equivalent units, 6,316 pure album sales and a streaming count of 115,521,804, the project settled in at No. 2, marking his highest debut yet.

His last studio album, 2017’s The Bigger Artist, debuted at No. 4 with around 67,000 total album equivalent units. It was anchored by the single “Drowning” featuring Kodak Black, which peaked at No. 38 on the Hot 100.

Realest Of Real

YoungBoy Never Broke Again may be the rapper everyone remembers for admitting he has herpes this year, but that strange confession evidently didn’t stop his fans from listening to his new mixtape. With 42,837 total album equivalent units, 3,034 pure album sales and a streaming count of 55,976,175, Realer made its entrance at No. 15.

Realer marks the follow-up to his debut studio album, Until Death Came, which he released in April. Future, Birdman and Lil Baby were featured guests while Lil Uzi Vert and Offset popped up on the deluxe version. 

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 12/27/2018

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. 21 Savage — I Am > I Was — No. 1 — 131,268 (17,870) [151,871,930]
  2. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 2 — 89,827 (6,316) [115,521,804]
  3. Meek Mill — Championships — No. 6 — 54,237 (2,807) [66,842,823]
  4. Mariah Carey — Merry Christmas — No.8 — 51,515 (5,486) [57,551,499]
  5. Kodak Black – Dying To Live — No. 9 — 50,785 (1,833) [67,383,175]
  6. Travis Scott — Astroworld — No. 10 — 49,122 (9,081) [51,406,143]
  7. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 11 — 48,775 (12,407) [45,115,332]
  8. Various — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 45,974 (1,601) [40,316,235]
  9. Drake — Scorpion — No. 14 — 45,759 (8,436) 47,684,224
  10. YoungBoy Never Broke Again — Realer — No. 15 — 42,837 (3,034) [55,976,175]


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