Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Stays on Top as Hip-Hop Dominates Billboard’s Top 5
Posted July 16, 2018 4:02 p.m. EDT
For the second week in a row, it was a great time to be on the Billboard album chart — if your name is Drake.
Drake’s “Scorpion,” which broke streaming records on last week’s chart, easily held the No. 1 spot for a second time with 391 million streams and 29,000 sales as a complete album in the United States, for a total of 335,000 “album equivalents,” down about 50 percent from last week, according to Nielsen.
No other release came close to beating “Scorpion,” but in the second week that Billboard’s new chart rules were in effect — changing the number of streams that equal an album sale to weigh paid listens more than free ones — there were still some notable movements. Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” rose one spot to No. 2. Future’s new “Beastmode 2,” available only on streaming services, opened at No. 3 with 73.5 million streams, which added up to the equivalent of 57,000 album sales.
XXXTentacion’s “?” is No. 4, but the new chart math cost him a spot. After applying the formula reconciling streams, downloads and sales, “?” was credited with 51,000 albums. But under the old system, in which free and paid streams counted the same, “?” would have landed at No. 3 with 54,000, beating “Beastmode 2” by the equivalent of 5,000 albums.
Also this week, Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” rose one spot to No. 5.