Travis Scott‘s new album Astroworld spends a second week at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning another 205,000 equivalent album units during the week. Just over 78,000 came from traditional album sales.
In related news, Scott just announced his North American Astroworld arena tour, which kicks off in Baltimore on November 8 and runs up to December 19 in Los Angeles.
It was expected to be a close race between Scott and Nicki Minaj, whose anticipated new album Queen debuted at #2 with 185,000 equivalent album units. Queen‘s sales were boosted by multiple merchandise bundles via Minaj’s website as well as a ticket sale bundle. Minaj spoke out on Twitter after the chart numbers came out, voicing her disappointment that she didn’t debut at #1. The rapper thanked fans for their support but criticized Scott’s sales techniques, such as his own merchandise bundles, and claimed Spotify held her album off their service for a period due to her debuting Queen on Apple Music first.
Back on the chart, Drake is at #3 with Scorpion, followed by a debut from rapper Tripple Redd with Life’s a Trip at #4. Hip-hop continues to dominate the Billboard 200’s top ten, with Post Malone at #5, Juice WRLD at #6, Cardi B at #8 and XXXTentacion at #10.
Following the passing of Aretha Franklin, her 30 Greatest Hits collection from 1985 hit the chart at #7. Billboard notes that the music legend passed away on the final day of the tracking week, so all figures come from essentially one day of data and she will surely see a higher number next week.
Additionally, veteran singer-songwriter Jason Mraz earned his fifth Top 10 album with Know debuting at #9.