AceShowbiz - Despite the controversy surrounding Eminem's latest album "Kamikaze", the set manages to debut atop Billboard 200. Released via Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, the effort racked up 434,000 equivalent album units, including 252,000 in traditional album sales, in the week ending August 31, according to Nielsen Music.
"Kamikaze" also marks his ninth No. 1 album and debut on the chart. The only act who have more bows atop the list is Jay-Z with fourteen No. 1 albums and debuts. Additionally, the album scores the fourth-largest week for an album in 2018, following Drake's "Scorpion" (732,000), Travis Scott (II)'s "Astroworld" (537,000) and Post Malone's "Beerbongs & Bentleys" (461,000).
The achievement doesn't end there. The album additionally sets the third-biggest traditional sales week for an album in 2018 and the largest streaming week ever with 225.5 million on-demand audio streams. Eminem is additionally the fourth act of 2018 to claim two No. 1 albums in less than 12 months. He follows BTS (Bangtan Boys) with "Love Yourself: Answer" and "Love Yourself: Tear", Logic with "Bobby Tarantino II" and "Everybody" as well as Migos with "Culture" and "Culture II".
Back to Billboard 200 chart, Travis' "Astroworld" is a non-mover at No. 2 with 80,000 as Drake's "Scorpion" also stays at No. 3 with 79,000. Meanwhile, Troye Sivan scores his highest-charting album with "Bloom", which arrives at No. 4 after selling 72,000 units.
On the other hand, Ariana Grande's "Sweetener" moves down one spot to No. 5 with 56,000 units. Post's "Beerbongs & Bentleys" stays steady at No. 6 with 51,000 units, while Nicki Minaj's "Queen" descends to No. 5 with 47,000 units. Last week's No. 1 album, BTS' "Love Yourself: Answer", climbs down seven spots to No. 8 with 44,000 units.
Another effort which debuts on this week's top 10 is Why Don't We's "8 Letters". Marking the group's first top 10 album, the set launches at No. 9 with 44,000 units. Rounding out the top 10 for this week is Juice WRLD's "Goodbye & Good Riddance", which slips to No. 10 with 38,000 units.
"Kamikaze" is expected to spend a second week atop the chart.