Plus, Nat King Cole & Mariah Carey ship vacation units to the highest 10.
21 Savage scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the chart-topping bow of I Am > I Was. The set was launched on Dec. 21 Slaughter Gang/Epic Records and launches with 131,000 equal album models earned within the week ending Dec. 27, in response to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 18,000 have been in conventional album gross sales, as the majority of the album was pushed by streaming exercise.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most well-liked albums of the week within the U.S. primarily based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equal album models. Units are comprised of conventional album gross sales, monitor equal albums (TEA) and streaming equal albums (SEA). The new Jan. 5, 2019-dated chart (the place I Am bows at No. 1) will likely be posted in full on Billboard's web sites on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.
I Am is 21 Savage’s second solo studio effort, and marks his first chief on the Billboard 200 and his fourth entry total. He beforehand hit the record with Without Warning (with Offset and Metro Boomin, peaking at No. Four on the Nov. 18, 2017-dated chart), his debut solo studio set Issa Album (No. 2; July 29, 2017) and Savage Mode (with Metro Boomin, No. 23; Feb. Four, 2017).
21 Savage has additionally collected 5 high 10-charting hits on the Hot Rap Songs chart, by means of probably the most not too long ago printed record dated Dec. 29, 2018. Among these hits is Post Malone’s chart-topping “Rockstar,” that includes 21 Savage, which additionally led the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight weeks. The monitor additionally not too long ago scored 21 Savage his first two Grammy Award nominations, for greatest rap/sung efficiency and file of the yr.
I Am boasts visitor turns from Travis Scott, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Offset and others. None of these acts, nevertheless, are credited as artists on the album. (I Am is the most recent rap album to high the Billboard 200 with out assigning artist credit score to its visitor artists. It follows Scott’s chart-topping Astroworld didn’t assign artist credit score to any of its friends, which included Drake, Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and 21 Savage.)
Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie earns his highest charting album but on the Billboard 200, his new effort Hoodie SZN begins at No. 2. The set, his second full-length studio undertaking, tallied 90,000 equal album models, with 6,000 of that sum coming from album gross sales. He beforehand visited the highest 10 together with his debut full-length studio launch, The Bigger Artist, bowing and peaking at No. Four on the Oct. 21, 2017-dated chart.
The remainder of the brand new high 10 on the Billboard 200 is full of a mix of vacation favorites and former No. 1s.
Michael Bublé’s Christmas climbs Four-Three with 75,000 models (up 19 p.c). The set was launched in 2011 and spent 5 weeks atop the record between Dec. 10, 2011 and Jan. 7, 2012. Christmas, like the remainder of the vacation titles on the chart, is getting one final punch of vacation positive aspects this season, as the most recent monitoring week (Dec. 21-27) included the 4 days main as much as Christmas (Dec. 21-24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack strikes Three-Four (62,000 models; down 2 p.c). The former No. 1 is adopted by one other former chart-topping soundtrack, as The Greatest Showman rises 10-5 (56,000 models; up 29 p.c, seemingly a beneficiary of last-minute gift-giving purchases).
Meek Mill’s former No. 1 — Championships — slides 2-6 with 54,000 models (down 34 p.c) in its fourth chart week.
Nat King Cole notches his first high 10 album since 1965, as The Christmas Song ascends 15 (its prior peak) to No. 7 (a bit of over 52,000 models; up 40 p.c), powered by streaming exercise of the set’s acquainted vacation tunes. The assortment consists of Cole’s seasonal favourite “The Christmas Song” in addition to different oft-heard Cole vacation recordings like “O Holy Night,” “Caroling, Caroling” and “Silent Night.” The late legend was final within the high 10 with Ramblin’ Rose, which collected its remaining week within the high 10 on the tally dated May 1, 1965 (additionally at No. 7).
Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas visits the highest 10 for the primary time since January of 1995, its first season of launch, because the album — that includes Carey’s ever in style “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — jingles 14-Eight (52,000 models; up 33 p.c). Like Cole’s album, Carey’s Merry additionally will get a giant increase from streaming exercise of its songs.
Merry Christmas, Carey’s first vacation album, was launched in 1994 and peaked at No. Three on the chart dated Dec. 17, 1994. It spent six weeks within the high 10 (earlier than this week), with its remaining body within the high 10 approaching the record dated Jan. 7, 1995 (No. 6).
Rounding out the brand new high 10 are a pair of former leaders: Kodak Black’s Dying to Live (falling 1-9 in its second week, with 51,000 models; down 43 p.c) and Travis Scott’s Astroworld (6-10 with 49,000 models; up 2 p.c).