After five weeks at No. 1, Drake has ceded the top of the Billboard album chart to Travis Scott.
Mr. Scott, a popular Houston rapper who now has the publicity bonus of a place in the Kardashian universe — he has a baby daughter with Kylie Jenner — reached the top with “Astroworld,” which had the equivalent of 537,000 album sales in the United States, the year’s second-biggest opening week after Drake’s “Scorpion.” Mr. Scott’s total includes 349 million streams and an impressive 270,000 copies sold as a complete album, according to Nielsen.
As with other recent releases by Dave Matthews, Shawn Mendes, Pink and others, Mr. Scott linked album sales to concert tickets — although unlike the others, who bundled CDs with ticket sales, Mr. Scott sold his album first and promised his fans access to “a future Travis Scott headline tour,” with details to follow.
“Scorpion” fell to No. 2 with 138 million streams but only 9,000 copies sold as a full album, for an “album equivalent” number of 117,000. In the six weeks since it came out, Drake’s album has racked up 1.9 billion streams yet sold just 255,000 copies as a complete package.
Also this week, two other rappers opened high on the chart: Mac Miller started at No. 3 with “Swimming,” and YG bowed at No. 5 with “Stay Dangerous.” Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is in fourth place, still a streaming hit after 15 weeks.