The vast majority of albums that make it to the top of the Billboard 200 debut there, as the first week is typically the most impressive for a new collection, but that isn’t always the case, and this time around, an artist snags their first leader on the all-encompassing listing with a title that’s been out for a handful of weeks now.
Hip-hop musician A Boogie Wit DA Hoodie’s new album Hoodie SZN lifts to the No. 1 spot on the all-genre records chart in its third week of availability. The title debuted in the runner-up slot and has held there ever since, stuck behind fellow hip-hop star 21 Savages I Am > I Was. That album started at No. 1 and ended up ruling for a pair of frames.
A Boogie new album Hoodie SZN is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its third week of release. But out of the 83 million streams and 58,000 equivalent album units moved the week ending January 10, only 823 were actual copies of Hoodie SZN were purchased, according to a report in The New York Times.
Hoodie SZN is just A Boogie Wit DA Hoodie’s second appearance inside the top 10, so even if he hadn’t made it to the throne (which at first looked like it was going to be the case), the runner-up placement would have been an improvement. In 2017, the musician first broke into the region with his debut proper album A Bigger Artist, which peaked at No. 4. Now, the two full-lengths have swapped spots, though neither was able to rack up a sizable frame this week.
Hoodie SZN moved just 58,000 equivalent units in the past tracking week, which is a surprisingly small sum for any No. 1 titles. Of that sum, 56,000 came from streaming equivalents, as the 20-song collection has been performing well sites like Spotify and Apple Music ever since it arrived. The number is a record for lowest weekly sales for a No. 1 album, the Times writes.
The previous record holder was 21 Savage, who sets it December 21 with the release of his album I Am > I Was – the project went No. So far, four of the songs featured on Hoodie SZN have made their way to the Hot 100 singles listing. Of those four, “Swerving’” with 6ix9ine has risen the highest, peaking at No. 38, becoming the sole Top 40 hit from the album in the process.
Fellow album cuts “Look Back at It,” “Star tender” with Offset and Tyga and “Demons & Angels” with Juice WRLD have all charted for at least one frame below the important Top 40 threshold.