Travis Scott’s Astroworld bows atop the Billboard 200 chart with 2018’s second-largest week for an album, earning the rapper his second No. 1. The album has become a favourite in India too, debuting at #1 on the Apple Music Album charts, while placing 2 songs- Stargazing and Sicko Mode in the Top 10 on the singles chart.
Says Arjun Sankalia, Director International Music, Sony Music India “From a critical standpoint, this is perhaps the Album of the Year. Travis Scott has proven himself to be a creative force with this collection of songs and his overall vison for Astroworld. This is one of those albums that transcends music and becomes art. It’s success in India is extremely gratifying too, no doubt stemming from the increasing acceptance of hip-hop fuelled by the vibrant local scene.”
The set — which was released Aug. 3 via Cactus Jack / Grand Hustle / Epic Records — earned 537,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen Music. Of that total, 270,000 were driven by traditional album sales — the second-biggest sales week of 2018.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, Track Equivalent Albums (TEA) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (SEA). The new Aug. 18-dated chart (where Astroworld launches at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Second-Largest Overall Week of 2018 : Scott’s amusement park-themed album charges in with 537,000 units earned — the second-largest week of 2018 for an album. The only set to post a larger frame was Drake’s Scorpion, which started with 732,000 units.
Second-Biggest Sales Week of 2018 : Astroworld blows in with 270,000 copies sold — the second-largest sales week of the year for an album. The set’s sales were supported by an array of Astroworld – inspired merchandise/album bundles sold via Scott’s official website. The year’s biggest sales week continues to be owned by Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow, which bowed with 285,000 copies sold on the June 28-dated tally. (Astroworld also easily gives Scott his biggest sales week, well beyond his previous high, when 2015’s Rodeo bowed with 70,000 sold.)
Fifth-Largest Streaming Week Ever : Astroworld enters with 261,000 SEA units, which translates to 349.43 million on-demand audio streams earned for its 17 songs during its debut tracking frame. That streaming figure is the fifth-biggest weekly streaming haul for an album. The only larger weeks were posted by the arrivals of Drake’s Scorpion (745.92 million) and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (431.3 million), the second week of Scorpion (390.98 million) and the debut frame of Drake’s More Life in 2017 (384.84 million).
Scott’s Second No. 1 : Astroworld grants Scott his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following his previous release, 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. The latter started with 88,000 units (of which 53,000 were in traditional album sales). Astroworld is Scott’s third chart entry — he also notched a No. 3-peaking album with his debut studio effort, Rodeo, in 2015.
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