Tyler, the Creator nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Igor debuts atop the list dated June 1. The set starts with just under 165,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 23, according to Nielsen Music -- the second-biggest week of 2019 for a hip-hop album. Of that sum, 74,000 were in album sales. Igor is Tyler, the Creator’s fifth studio effort and was released via Columbia Records on May 17.
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).
In a fun chart footnote, Tyler, the Creator had previously debuted and peaked at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 with each of his four earlier studio albums. And now finally, he lands his first No. 1. His first solo project, Goblin, topped out at No. 5 in 2011. He then followed with Wolf (No. 3 in 2013), Cherry Bomb (No. 4 in 2015) and Flower Boy (No. 2 in 2017).
Igor logs the second-largest week in total units for a hip-hop album in 2019 – trailing only the arrival of Juice WRLD's Death Race for Love, which opened at No. 1 on the March 23-dated chart with a little more than 165,000 units.
Of Igor’s total starting unit sum, 74,000 were in album sales, 1,000 in TEA units and 90,000 in SEA units. The lattermost figure translates to 122.9 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs in its debut week. Igor is the third No. 1 album for Columbia Records in 2019, following Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride and Hozier’s Wasteland Baby! A year ago at this point, the label had notched one No. 1: Jack White’s Boarding House Reach. (Boarding was the lone chart-topper for Columbia in 2018.)
DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd debuts at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart, scoring the artist his eighth top 10 effort. The star-filled set launches with 137,000 equivalent album units, of which 35,000 were in album sales, 7,000 in TEA units and 95,000 in SEA units. The latter sum equates to 123.2 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s tunes in its first week – which also makes the set the most-streamed album of the week.
Billie Eilish’s former No. 1 When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? slips from No. 2 to No. 3 in its eighth week, earning 63,000 equivalent album units (down 8%). Another former No. 1, Khalid’s Free Spirit, slides 3-4 in its seventh week, tallying a little more than 40,000 units (down 11%).
The National achieves its fourth top 10 album, as I Am Easy to Find arrives at No. 5 with 40,000 equivalent album units. (All four of the rock band’s top 10 albums have also debuted in the top five.) The new set’s first week was led by album sales (33,000), with a significant chunk of that figure derived from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer for the act’s tour that started in April.
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, slides from No. 5 to No. 6 with 34,000 equivalent album units (down 7%). The former No. 1 has yet to depart the top 10 since it arrived atop the tally 15 weeks ago.
DaBaby’s Baby on Baby hits a new high, as the album climbs 8-7 with 30,000 equivalent album units (up 8%), while Logic’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind falls from No. 1 to No. 8 in its second week, with 29,000 units (down 64%).
Rammstein logs its first top 10 album ever, as its new self-titled set starts at No. 9. The album earned 28,000 equivalent album units, of which 25,000 were in album sales. The effort is the rock band’s first studio album in nearly 10 years, since Liebe ist für alle da bowed in October of 2009, and debuted and peaked at No. 13 on the Nov. 7, 2009-dated list. That album previously was the highest-charting set for the group.
Closing out the new top 10 is Megan Thee Stallion, who debuts at No. 10 with Fever. The buzzed-about Houston rapper’s album bows with 28,000 equivalent album units earned, mostly driven by streams of the set – it tallied 24,000 in SEA units. That figure translates to 30.6 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs in its first week.
Megan Thee Stallion previously hit the Billboard 200 with the Tina Snow project, powered by the single “Big Ol’ Freak.” The album dips from its No. 166 high to No. 167 on the latest chart.
Credits for this article goes to Keith Caulfield from Billboard