Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ LP Holds Off Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’ Album to Retain No. 1 Spot on Billboard 200
Travis Scott pulled off the unexpected, as his Astroworld album has held off the first-week push of Nicki Minaj's Queen LP to retain its No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
For the second week in a row, La Flame did big numbers. According to Nielsen Music, Astroworld's numbers were down 62 percent for the week ending in Aug. 16. But that was still enough for the Texas rapper to move 205,000 equivalent album units. He was able to move 78,000 in traditional album sales, down 71 percent.
Nicki put up a valiant effort in the first week of the release of her Queen LP, enough to nab the No. 2 spot. She raked in 185,000 equivalent album units, with 78,000 of the sum being traditional album sales. This marks back to back No. 2 debuts for Nicki whose The Pinkprint also debuted in the same slot in Jan. 2015, after her first two albums reached the peak in the first week. Queen's tally is the second biggest debut week from a female rapper in 2018, following Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy album (255,000 units).
Drake's Scorpion album is still holding strong, having been pushed to the No. 3 spot, after spending five weeks on the mountaintop before being dethroned by Travis.
La Flame is currently prepping his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour and will be hitting up cities like Miami, Atlanta, New York, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more.
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