A little more than a year after Future became the first artist to achieve back-to-back No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart, he now earns the highest-charting streaming-exclusive album on the tally.
His new effort, Beastmode 2 -- which is only available on streaming services -- starts at No. 3 on the July 21-dated chart. The set was released on July 6 Freebandz/Epic Records.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 21-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, July 17.
Beastmode 2 arrives at No. 3 with 57,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 12 -- all from SEA units. The nine-track set was not released to purchase, nor were any its tracks available to buy through digital retailers.
Beastmode 2 launches with 73.5 million on-demand audio streams. The launch not only gives the artist his ninth top 10, but also the highest-charting streaming-exclusive album. Previously, Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book held the record for the highest-charting streaming-only set when it debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the June 4, 2016-dated list. It bowed with 38,000 units (57.3 million streams). Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to reach the top 10.
Here’s a look at Future’s nine top 10 albums on the Billboard 200:
Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Pluto, No. 8, May 5, 2012
Honest, No. 2, May 10, 2014
DS2, Aug. 8, 2015
What a Time To Be Alive (Drake & Future), No. 1, Oct. 10, 2015
Evol, No. 1, Feb. 27, 2016
Future, No. 1, March 11, 2017
HNDRXX, No. 1, March 18, 2017
Super Slimey, No. 2, Nov. 11, 2017
Beastmode 2, No. 3, July 21, 2018