Future has scored his first No. 1 album. Billboard broke the news this morning.
“Future celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as DS2 arrives atop the list. The set starts at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 8 with 147,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music.”
Billboard goes on to note that Future tallied his best physical and digital album sales week yet, as DS2 sold 121,000 albums without streaming figures included. That total more than doubles his previous high. In 2014, Honest sold 53,000 physical copies during its first week.
Taylor Swift is trailing Future with 1989, which has sold 50,000 copies this week. The fact that Taylor is still in the top two after nine months disproves any notion of a backlash, which Salon insists is happening.
“A backlash, though made by human beings, can feel like a part of the natural world and its inexorable forces. And that seems to be what’s happening right now with Taylor Swift.”
Salon believes Taylor Swift had absolutely no right to criticize Nicki Minaj’s Twitter rant on being snubbed for VMA nominations because of racism and her body. Taylor Swift did apologize to Nicki Minaj and said she misunderstood the point Nicki Minaj was trying to make.
Also behind Future on Billboard’s top album list is Tyrese’s Black Rose, which falls from No. 1 to No. 4 with 47,000 album equivalents sold. The drop really isn’t that serious; a 40 percent drop in the second week is minor compared to the 60 to 70 percent average fall of other albums on Billboard’s chart. It’s quite possible that Future will drop more than 40 percent with D2.
Meanwhile, Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money falls from No. 3 to No. 6 on Billboard‘s album chart with 39,000 album equivalents sold. It drops 26 percent — not bad for an album that has been out for a month. Meek Mill has caused some controversy this week by accusing Drake of not writing his own songs. According to USA Today, Drake has responded in a diss track.
“Wow, I’m honored you think this is staged, I’m flattered, man. In fact, I’m amazed…I seen it all coming. Knew they were pushing buttons. Easter egg hunting. They gotta look for something. Done doing favors for people. ‘Cause it ain’t like I need the money I make off a feature.”
Next week’s Billboard 200 album chart will be interesting. It’s doubtful that Future will remain at No. 1 since Jill Scott has the No. 1 selling album on iTunes right now with Woman. However, Future is at No. 2 and will likely remain within the top five on the Billboard 200 album chart next week.