Polo G’s ‘Hall of Fame’ Album Tops Billboard 200 Chart
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 comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new June 26, 2021-dated chart (where Hall of Fame debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 22. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Hall of Fame’s 143,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending June 17, SEA units comprise 124,000 (equaling 181.9 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 18,000 (aided in part by deep discounting of the set at digital retail for a portion of the week) and TEA units comprise a little over 1,000. Polo G previously hit the top 10 with The Goat (No. 2 in 2020) and Die a Legend (No. 6 in 2019).
Rap trio Migos debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with Culture III, earning 130,500 equivalent album units. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 106,000 (equaling 144.57 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 22,500 and TEA units comprise nearly 2,000.
Culture III was initially released on June 11 as a 19-track album, but was bolstered be a deluxe edition release on June 17 that added five extra tracks. Like Polo G’s Hall of Fame, Culture III was also deeply discounted at digital retail for a portion of the tracking week. Culture III and Hall of Fame have the second-and-third-biggest sales weeks (22,500 and 18,000) for hip-hop albums in 2021, trailing only the debut frame of J. Cole’s The Off-Season (37,000; May 29-dated chart).
Culture III is Migos’ third album to reach the top two on the Billboard 200, following Culture and Culture II (both No. 1, in 2017 and 2018, respectively).
A trio of former No. 1 albums lines up next on the new Billboard 200: Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour falls 2-3 (122,000 equivalent album units earned; down 15%), Lil Durk and Lil Baby’s The Voice of the Heroes dips 1-4 in its second week (73,000 units; down 52%) and Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album descends 3-5 (50,000 units; down less than 1%).
K-pop girl group TWICE debuts at No. 6 with Taste of Love, with 46,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 43,000 (making it the top selling album of the week), SEA units comprise 3,000 (equaling 5.09 million on-demand streams of the album’s six tracks) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Like many K-pop releases, the CD edition of the album was issued in multiple collectible packages (four, including a Target-exclusive edition), each with assorted internal paper goods and randomized elements. Of the album’s 43,000 copies sold, the CD editions combined sold 39,000. The rest of the sales came from the album’s digital download. Taste of Love is the first top 10 for the nine-member act.
Bo Burnham’s Inside (The Songs) jumps from No. 116 to No. 7 after its first full tracking week of activity, earning 37,000 equivalent album units (up 330%). Of that sum, SEA units comprise 33,000 (equaling 44.71 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 3,000 and TEA units comprise less than 1,000. The album bowed on the list a week ago after one day of activity, as it was released on Thursday (June 10), the final day of that chart’s tracking week. Inside (The Songs) is the companion album to Burnham’s Netflix special Bo Burnham: Inside, which premiered on May 30.
Inside (The Songs) is categorized as a comedy album and is the first such album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 since the chart dated Aug. 22, 2015, when Lil Dicky’s Professional Rapper debuted and peaked at No. 7.
Maroon 5’s new album Jordi debuts at No. 8, marking the seventh top 10 effort for the group. It bows with 37,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 20,000 (equaling 27.64 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 15,000 and TEA units comprise 2,000. All seven of Maroon 5’s full-length studio albums have reached the top 10, stretching back to the act’s debut, Songs About Jane, which peaked at No. 6 in 2004.
Rounding out the new top 10 are two former No. 1s: Moneybagg Yo’s A Gangsta’s Pain, which falls 6-9 with 34,000 equivalent album units earned (down 11%), and J. Cole’s The Off-Season, slipping 4-10 with just under 34,000 units (down 22%).
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June 20, 2021 at 12:43PM