Pusha-T Was No Match for Mendes on the Billboard Chart
Posted June 4, 2018 3:18 p.m. EDT
The rap feud of the moment was not a threat to Shawn Mendes.
Mendes, the genial 19-year-old pop singer who got his start on Vine, easily scored his third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard chart this week with his self-titled third LP, topping the first-week results for ASAP Rocky and Pusha-T, whose back-and-forth with Drake generated plenty of chatter.
“Shawn Mendes” (Island) earned a total of 182,000 album units, including 142,000 in sales and 50 million digital streams, according to Nielsen Music. (The album sales were helped along by a ticket-bundle deal that included the new release with tickets to Mendes’ tour.) The singer’s latest, which includes the current radio hit “In My Blood,” topped the first-week sales totals for his previous No. 1 albums, “Illuminate” in 2016 and “Handwritten” in 2015.
Pusha-T’s “Daytona” (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam) came in at No. 3 in its first week, falling short of Post Malone’s streaming smash “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (Republic), which was No. 2 in its fifth week out. “Daytona,” the Kanye West-produced album that included the lines that rekindled an increasingly personal battle with Drake, sold 39,000 albums and had 54 million streams, according to Nielsen, for a total of 77,000 album units.
ASAP Rocky’s “Testing,” which dropped without a hit single or hip-hop drama but had an accompanying art installation, landed at No. 4 with 75,000 units (bolstered by 89 million streams), while Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” held at No. 5 in its eighth week.