Artist of the Week: Cardi B

Her highly-anticipated debut solo album 'Invasion of Privacy' became an instant hit thanks to her hard work.

AceShowbiz - Cardi B takes her music career very seriously and her debut solo album "Invasion of Privacy" is the proof of that. After postponing the release date for a few months, she finally released the highly-anticipated effort on April 6. Her hard work was paid off as the effort became an instant hit.

"Invasion of Privacy" was certified gold by RIAA on the day it was released. Furthermore, the album broke Apple Music's record for the most streamed album by a female artist in its first week which was previously held by Taylor Swift's "Reputation". The 13-track album also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 225,000 units, marking the second biggest sales week in 2018 after Justin Timberlake's "Man of the Woods".

Further proving her ability as a rapper, the album received widespread acclaim from music critics. The Guardian called the effort "a magnificent debut that fuses vulnerability, sexual voraciousness, paranoia and party music." The site also wrote that the album "shows the rapper is capable of far more than punchy put-downs."

Cardi also made history on the Billboard Hot 100 as she charted 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, beating out Beyonce Knowles for the most simultaneous entries by a woman. The latter previously charted 12 songs when her 2016 album "Lemonade" was released.

Thanks to the massive success of her debut effort, the female emcee ruled the Billboard Artist 100 chart for the first time. It made her become the second solo female artist to lead the chart this year, following Camila Cabello in January. Cardi previously peaked at No. 3 following the release of "Finesse" in the same month.

She recently kicked off the second weekend of Coachella by delivering a fiery performance set. During her performance, she brought SZA as well as surprise guests Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

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