Hip Hop Album Sales: Juice WRLD's "Death Race For Love" Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

Hip Hop Album Sales: Juice WRLD's "Death Race For Love" Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
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It wasn’t too long ago when Juice WRLD was slowly emerging from the shadows. Now, the Los Angeles-based rapper is sitting atop the Billboard 200 chart thanks to his new project, Death Race For Love. The album catapulted to the No. 1 spot for the week ending March 14.

Elsewhere on the chart, Drake’s Scorpion album — which has been on the charts for 37 weeks — hops back in the Top 10 while Travis Scott’s Astroworld — which has jumped around for the past 32 weeks — crawls back into the Top 10 as well.

The WRLD Is His

Juice WRLD’s Death Race For Love album is this week’s top performer with 165,207 total album equivalent units, 43,339 pure album sales and a streaming count of 176,435,205. It marks the Chicago-born rapper’s sophomore effort, following 2018’s Goodbye & Good Riddance mixtape.

Upon the Goodbye & Good Riddance release, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200, debuting at No. 15 with 39,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. The following week, it jumped to No. 8 with 45,000 units and in its third week, landed at No. 6 with 42,000 units.

Read the Death Race For Love review here.

Drizzy’s Back In The Top 10

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Drake’s platinum-selling Scorpion album was released late last June, but it’s still enjoying the fruits of its labor. After settling in the No. 12 spot last week, the project is back in the Top 10 with 30,181 total album equivalent units, 1,464 pure album sales and a streaming count of 38,432,064.

The double album features Future, Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, JAY-Z and Ty Dolla $ign as well as posthumous appearances from Michael Jackson and Static Major. It sold over 700,000 units in its first week and subsequently debuted at No. 1 where it stayed for five consecutive weeks.

The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards while the “God’s Plan” single earned a nod for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It ultimately won Best Rap Song. “Nice for What” was also nominated for Best Rap Performance.

Read the Scorpion review here. 

… & So Is La Flame

Scott’s Astroworld is also back in the Top 10. With 28,093 total album equivalent units, 1,061 pure album sales and a streaming count of 36,488,778, it moves from No. 13 to No. 10 despite the 4 percent dip in sales.

Serving as Scott’s third studio album, the album arrived last August, debuting at No. 1 with roughly 537,000 units sold in its first week.

Nicki Minaj, who released Queen that same week, was adamant her project should’ve taken the coveted spot and accused Scott of cheating his way to the top by promising meet-and-greets with Kylie Jenner. Meanwhile, Queen sits at No. 92.

Read the Astroworld review here.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 03/14/2019

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. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 1 — 165,207 (43,339) [176,435,205]
  2. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 6 — 33,786 (265) [50,283,674]
  3. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 7 — 31,641 (1,834) [40,636,354]
  4. Gunna — Drip Or Drown 2 — No. 8 — 31,222 (314) [42,812,696]
  5. Drake – Scorpion —No. 9 — 30,181 (1,464) [38,432,064]
  6. Travis Scott — Astroworld — No. 10 — 28,093 (1,061) [36,488,778]
  7. Meek Mill — Championships — No. 11 — 27,850 (688) [36,289,663]
  8. Offset — Father Of 4 — No. 12 — 27,571 (399) [36,757,825]
  9. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 26,559 (2,613) [31,277,322]
  10. 2 Chainz — Rap Or Go To The League — No. 14 — 25,645 (3,020) [28,717,006]


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