Billboard Breakdown: First Week Sales For JAY-Z, 21 Savage, Sevyn + Forecasts For French Montana

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As expected, JAY-Z‘s 4:44 debuted at number one the Billboard 200, after it was released on all streaming platforms following its exclusive one week TIDAL release. (The TIDAL release did not count toward Billboard.) The album sold 174k units, and makes for Hov‘s 14th number one! This now makes him the record holder for solo artist with the most number one albums in the history of Billboard!

Had Hov not dropped, 21 Savage‘s Issa Album would have debuted at number one.  Instead, it comes in at number two with a super solid 77k! Issa hit! Outside of the top 10, Sevyn Streeter‘s new album Girl Disrupted had an extremely dismal debut at number 92. Sheesh.

Looking ahead to next week, French Montana‘s Jungle Rules is on pace to sell around 45-50k, which should give him a top 5 debut. In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below!
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Billboard Breakdown: DJ Khaled Is #1 For A Second Week + Sales Forecasts For 21 Savage + JAY-Z

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DJ Khaled‘s Grateful hit number one again for its second week on the Billboard 200, making it the first album to spend more than one week in the top spot in two months! In the week ending July 6, Grateful sold another 70k units.

Looking ahead to next week, JAY-Z and 21 Savage will make their chart debuts with 4:44 and Issa Album, respectively. Though 4:44 was released the week prior, it was a TIDAL exclusive, which doesn’t count toward the Billboard charts. Now that it has been released to all streaming services and stores, it’s looking at a number one debut next week with around 250-275k. By RIAA‘s standards, it’s already considered platinum through the TIDAL streams in week one.

As for 21, his debut, Issa Album, is on pace to sell around 50-60k, which should put him in the top 3. Issa hit!

In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below.
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Marisa Mendez x Jamal x Tunisia – Marisa Explains It All [Episode 35: “Hov Alone”]

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And we’re back! Once again Tune-less (we know, we know!), me and Mal tackle everything that’s gone on since you’ve heard from the MEIA crew last – from my red carpet run-in with Joe, to my 4th of July flyout, Mal’s take on 4:44, Rob and Chyna and more!

Stream episode 34 “All Eyez On Mari” below, and subscribe on iTunes here! You can also email us at MEIApodcast@gmail.com!
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Billboard Breakdown: DJ Khaled Tops The Charts + Vince Staples Debuts At #16

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DJ Khaled has scored his second number one album and seventh top 10 overall with Grateful, as it debuted atop the charts this week with a solid 149k units.

Elsewhere on the chart, 2 Chainz remains in the top 5 in his second week, selling another 43k of Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. SZA, in her third week, sits at number 12 with another 28k of CTRL, and Vince Staples debuted at number 16 with Big Fish Theory, selling a solid 25k!

Check out this week’s top 10 sales below.
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Billboard Breakdown: SZA Debuts At #3 + Sales Predictions For 2 Chainz, Big Boi

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Shout out to the beautiful JERSEY girl SZA, whose long-awaited debut album made a strong debut on the Billboard 200 in its first week! With 60k units sold, CTRL comes in at number three – making for a TDE takeover on the top 3, as Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. is number two! Aye!

In an interesting update on the charts, Billboard will no longer count streaming toward the sales of compilation albums (like Epic AF, the NOW albums, etc.), and will only count their physical sales. They will count the streams, however, if all of the songs on the album were recorded specifically for that project. Interesting! 

Looking ahead to next week, Lorde is looking at a top 3 debut (perhaps number one, depending on what Katy does in week two) with Melodrama, currently estimated to do 85-90k. 2 Chainz will follow up with what will likely be a top 5 debut, if not top 3, as Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is looking at 55-60k, and finally Big Boi‘s Boomiverse is looking at 20-25k, which will hopefully be top 10.

In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below!
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Marisa Mendez x Jamal x Tunisia – Marisa Explains It All [Episode 34: “All Eyez On Mari”]

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On this week’s episode of MEIA, we almost had Tune but….yeah, let’s try that again next week. In the meantime, myself and Mal discussed All Eyez On Me, the XXL freshmen, what “consent” means and more!

Stream episode 34 “All Eyez On Mari” below, and subscribe on iTunes here! You can also email us at MEIApodcast@gmail.com!
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