Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Album Goes Gold
It was only a matter of time. A little over a week after its debut, Travis Scott's highly-anticipated album Astroworld has moved the equivalent of 500,000 units, certifying it as gold.
This comes as little surprise as the album also debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart on Friday (Aug. 10) after accumulating 537,000 equivalent album units in just a week. The 17-track album was peppered with a number of big-name features such as Drake, 21 Savage, Migos, Frank Ocean and more—but it's no question that Travis brought his A-game and shone brightest.
In an interview with Rolling Stone shortly after the album drop, Scott's longtime A&R Sickamore revealed that the artist was more motivated than ever after he was snubbed for a Grammy nomination for his 2016 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. "We went back and wanted to make an album that was undeniable. The Grammy snub was probably the best thing that happened to us. It gave us a chip on our shoulder," Sickamore said.
Despite the album's undeniable success, its rollout didn't come without some controversy. Transgender icon Amanda Lepore spoke out after she was reportedly left off of the final version of the album cover, prompting the album's photographer, legendary artist David LaChappelle to speak out. Travis himself later issued a statement saying that it was in no way a slight and that he has "nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community."
“Yo Amanda you did upstage everyone even me and I can’t wait for everyone to see the booklet that me and Dave put together that includes all these images,” he added. “Thank you for being apart of it. Sorry for the misunderstanding love you guys and thank you all. Everyone is welcome to Astroworld.”
Check out the gold certification for the album below.
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