Hip Hop Album Sales: Drake’s “Scorpion” Hits #1 On Billboard 200 With Massive First Week

Hot off his surprise performance at Wireless Fest, Drake’s Scorpion has made its first appearance on the Billboard 200, right at the top of the charts. Meanwhile, Cardi B climbs back up the chart, while Teyana Taylor takes a tumble.

Scorpion Takes Top Spot

Drake’s Scorpion has put him in a whole new category, as the first artist to reach a billion streams in one week. With a total of 732,171 equivalent album units moved (159,771 in pure album sales and a record-breaking streaming count of 745,923,606), the 25-track album was untouchable.

Scorpion has the honor of having the biggest debut of 2018, so far. And, with this latest #1, Drake is now tied with other pop stars for the sixth-most #1 albums in U.S. history. Kenny Chesney, Madonna, U2, Eminem, and Kanye West — who just collected his eighth chart-topping album — are similarly adorned.

Check out DX’s review of Scorpion here.

Teyana Taylor Takes A Tumble

Debuting at #2 on the Top R&B Albums chart didn’t do too much for Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E. The project tumbled down to #57 on the Billboard 200 after making its debut at #17. With 10,903 equivalent album units moved (1,829 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 11,297,723), the album dropped 53% from its first-week numbers.

This is just the latest in a series of falterings for K.T.S.E. — Taylor recently announced that she wouldn’t be releasing a “completed” version of the album that contained the missing content.

Cardi B Inching Back Up

Cardi isn’t letting her recent countersuit against her ex-manager get her down. The mother-to-be is still holding steady on the charts, with her Invasion of Privacy creeping back up to #6 (up from #8 last week). The increase is due in part to “I Like It” hitting #1 on the Hot 100. The now-platinum album moved 47,063 equivalent units (3,072 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 52,083,035) in its 13th week on the chart.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 07/05/2018

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. Drake — Scorpion — #1 — 732,171 (159,771) [745,923,606]
  2. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — #3 — 72,399 (6,312) [84,154,329]
  3. XXXTENTACION — ? — #5 — 61,530 (3,226) [82,912,493]
  4. Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy — #6 — 47,063 (3,072) [52,083,035]
  5. Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance — #7 — 39,448 (1,635) [57,276,826]
  6. The Carters — EVERYTHING IS LOVE – #8 — 36,670 (7,509) [35,892,499]
  7. XXXTENTACION — 17 – #13 — 27,522 (940) [41,514,945]
  8. Lil Baby — Harder Than Ever — #12 — 28,177 (428) [15,713,035]
  9. Post Malone — Stoney — #18 — 22,482 (1,545) [28,849,360]
  10. Kanye West — ye — 21,541 (1,795) [25,957,722]