21 Savage Nabs First No. 1 on Billboard 200 With 'I Am > I Was'
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Debuting atop the chart with 131,000 units, the Atlanta rapper's sophomore effort marks his first leader on the chart.

AceShowbiz - This week's Billboard 200 sees 21 Savage and A Boogie with da Hoodie entering with their respective new albums. 21 Savage's sophomore effort "I Am > I Was" debuts atop the chart with 131,000 total copies this week, marking the Atlanta rapper's first leader on the chart.

"I Am > I Was", which features City Girls' Yung Miami, Post Malone, Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover and Offset among others, sold 18,000 copies in traditional album sales. Meanwhile, the rest of it was coming from streaming equivalent albums. Prior to this, 21 Savage peaked at No. 2 with his 2017 debut studio album "Issa Album".

In addition, the rapper has hit the list with collaborative album "Without Warning" that peaked at No. 4 in November 2017 and EP "Savage Mode" which landed at No. 23 in February 2017. He also collected five top 10-charting hits on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

Following close behind is A Boogie with da Hoodie who nabs the second place with his new effort "Hoodie SZN". The set tallies 90,000 equivalent album units, including 6,000 that came from album sales. This is the second time for A Boogie with da Hoodie entering the chart after his debut full-length studio release, "The Bigger Artist", bowed and peaked at No. 4 in October 2017.

In this Christmas week, Michael Buble's "Christmas" rises one spot by 19 percent with 75,000 units. Meanwhile, "A Star Is Born" soundtrack by Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper dips from the third place to the fourth place with 62,000 units. Rounding up the Top 5 is "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack that ascends from 10 to 5 with 56,000 units. The increase is high likely pushed by last-minute gift-giving purchases.

Meek Mill's "Championships" descends to No. 6 with 54,000 units in its fourth chart week. Meanwhile, Nat King Cole scores his first Top 10 album since 1965 with "The Christmas Song" which lands at No. 7 with a little over 52,000 units. Also making of the Top 10 are Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas", last week's topper Kodak Black's "Dying to Live" and Travis Scott (II)'s "Astroworld".

  1. "I Am > I Was" - 21 Savage (131,000 units)
  2. "Hoodie SZN" - A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (90,000 units)
  3. "Christmas" - Michael Buble (75,000 units)
  4. "A Star Is Born" soundtrack - Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper (62,000 units)
  5. "The Greatest Showman" Soundtrack - Various Artists (56,000 units)
  6. "Championship" - Meek Mill (54,000 units)
  7. "The Christmas Song" - Nat King Cole (a little over 52,000 units)
  8. "Marry Christmas" - Mariah Carey (52,000 units)
  9. "Dying to Love" - Kodak Black (51,000 units)
  10. "Astroworld" - "Travis Scott (II) (49,000 units)

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