Travis Scott’s Astroworld notches a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set earned 205,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 16 (down 62 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, a little over 78,000 were from traditional album sales (down 71 percent).
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. 25-dated chart (where Astroworld is steady at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
At No. 2, Nicki Minaj’s Queen arrives, granting the artist her fourth top-two charting album — extending her own record for the most of any female hip-hop artist. She previously hit the top two rungs with The Pinkprint (No. 2 on the Jan. 3, 2015-dated chart), Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (No. 1, April 21, 2012) and Pink Friday (No. 1, Feb. 19, 2011).
Queen launches with 185,000 equivalent album units earned, of which 78,000 were in traditional album sales. Queen, like Astroworld, saw its sales bolstered by an array of merchandise/album bundles sold via Minaj’s official website. Queen also benefits from sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with her upcoming co-headlining tour with Future.
Queen’s debut unit sum is the second-largest week for an album by a female artist in 2018, following the opening frame of Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (255,000 units, chart dated April 21).
Queen bows with 97,000 SEA units, which equates to 128.7 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs during its debut frame — Minaj’s largest streaming week ever for an album.
Drake’s former No. 1, Scorpion, slips one spot to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, with 102,000 units (down 13 percent).
Both Queen and Scorpion were released through Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records. In turn, with both titles in the top three at the same time, Young Money and Cash Money have two concurrent albums in the top three for the first time. Cash Money first visited the top three on the Nov. 20, 1999-dated chart, when Lil Wayne’s Tha Block Is Hot (Cash Money/Universal) debuted and peaked at No. 3. Young Money first hit the top three on July 3, 2010, when Drake’s Thank Me Later (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) bowed at No. 1. Source: Billboard