Plus: Polo G’s “The Goat” debuts at No. 2, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s “Reunions” surges into top 10 after wide release.
Future flies in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his seventh chart-topper, as High Off Life enters at No. 1. The album, which was released via Freebandz/Epic Records on May 15, earned 153,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 21, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — Future’s biggest week, in terms of units, for a solo album.
Of High Off Life’s first-week units, 16,000 are in album sales, while nearly all of the remaining units are from streaming activity.
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). The new May 30-dated chart (where High Off Life debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on May 27 (one day later than usual, owed to the Memorial Day holiday on May 25 in the U.S.).
Of High Off Life’s starting sum of 153,000 equivalent album units, SEA units comprise 134,000 (equating to 186.3 million on-demand streams of the set’s 21 tracks in the week ending May 21), album sales total 16,000 and TEA units equal a little more than 2,000. Most of the album’s 16,000 in sales are from 17 merchandise/album bundles and two signed physical format/digital album configurations sold through Future’s official webstore.
High Off Life’s overall start of 153,000 units also marks the rapper’s biggest week in terms of units earned, for a solo album, surpassing the 151,000-unit launch of DS2 in August 2015 at No. 1. (Future has logged one larger week, by way of his joint album with Drake, What a Time to Be Alive, which bowed at No. 1 with 376,000 in October of 2015.)
Prior to the latest Billboard 200, Future hit No. 1 with Future HNDRXX Presents: The WIZRD (in 2019), HNDRXX, a self-titled album (both in 2017), Evol (2016), What a Time to Be Alive and DS2 (both in 2015).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Polo G logs his highest charting album and best week in terms of units earned, as The Goat debuts with 99,000 equivalent album units earned. The Goat beats Polo G’s previous high, when his only other charting effort, Die a Legend, debuted and peaked at No. 6 in June 2019 with 38,000 units earned in its first week.
The Goat’s start of 99,000 units is driven by 85,000 SEA units (totaling 129.4 million in on-demand streams of the set’s songs), 14,000 in album sales, and less than 1,000 in TEA units. Like Future’s new album, The Goat also sees most of its 14,000 in album sales derived from merchandise/album bundles (22 in total) and two signed physical format/digital album configurations available via Polo G’s official webstore.
Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn climbs one spot to No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, with 65,000 equivalent album units earned (down 11%), Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes dips from No. 3 to No. 4 with 58,000 units (down 27%) and DaBaby’s former chart-topper Blame It On Baby rises 6-5 with 44,000 units (down 3%).
Three former leaders are up next on the chart, as Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake ascends 8-6 with 39,000 units (down 6%), The Weeknd’s After Hours lifts 9-7 with 38,000 units (down 6%) and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding rises 10-9 with 37,000 units (up 2%).
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s Reunions rushes to the top 10, as the album vaults from No. 149 to No. 9 in its second chart week — and after its first week of wide availability. The set earned 35,000 equivalent album units — up 388%. A week ago, the album arrived on the list with 7,000 units, all from CD and vinyl album sales, after the album was released a week early on May 8 to independent music stores. The set jumps into the top 10 after going wide to all retailers, and reaching streaming services.
Reunions is the third top 10 for singer-songwriter Isbell, who previously visited the region with The Nashville Sound (with The 400 Unit, No. 4 in 2017) and Something More Than Free (No. 6 in 2015).
Closing out the new top 10 is NAV’s Good Intentions, which falls from No. 1 to No. 10 in its second week, with just under 35,000 equivalent album units (down 74%).