Kane Brown Lands His First No. 1 Album on the Billboard Chart
Kane Brown has arrived as a country star, landing his first No. 1 album on the Billboard chart.
“Experiment” (Zone 4/RCA Nashville), the singer and songwriter’s second LP, had an impressive debut week, earning 124,000 album-equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music, including 105,000 in sales and 21 million streams, a healthy total for a country release in a rap-dominated digital market.
Brown’s album marks only the third country release to top the all-genre Billboard 200 this year, following Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean. (Each of the three was boosted by a deal that packaged the album with tickets to see the artist in concert. Four country albums hit No. 1 last year.)
Imagine Dragons reached No. 2 with its latest album, “Origins” (Kidinakorner/Polydor/Interscope), totaling 91,000 units (61,000 in sales and 35 million streams). Those returns were a decline from the band’s previous album, “Evolve,” which also reached No. 2 last year, but debuted with 146,000 units.
The top streaming album of the week was the rapper-singer Trippie Redd’s “A Love Letter to You 3” (10k Projects), a continuation of his commercial mixtape series, which had 109 million track streams and just 11,000 in sales for a total of 84,000 units by the industry’s math, also including track downloads in addition to physical and digital copies. The album marks Trippie Redd’s fourth charting release, and his highest showing so far.
The first posthumous release from the rapper and singer Lil Peep, “Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. II” (Columbia), also relied heavily on streaming and reached No. 4. Songs from the album were streamed 59 million times. The album was overseen by Lil Peep’s close collaborators and his mother following the artist’s death last November at age 21.
“A Star Is Born” (Interscope), the soundtrack to the blockbuster film, rounds out the Top 5 with 29 million streams and 40,000 in sales for a total of 69,000 units in its sixth week on the chart.
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