Kenny Chesney Debuts Atop Album Chart, But Drake Has 6 of 10 Top Songs – Variety


Within the race between Kenny Chesney and Drake for the highest of the album chart, the nation music celebrity bested his rivals in per week that noticed hip-hop in any other case dominating the higher ranks of the listings, because the style has for weeks.

Chesney’s “Right here and Now” enters the Rolling Stone album chart at No. 1 with 227,800 album models. Drake’s “Darkish Lane Demo Tapes” album, described as an middleman “mixtape” between main releases, got here in second with 206,900 album models.

Drake gained’t be shedding many tears about touchdown at a mere No. 2 together with his album. Over on the songs chart, he has six of the highest 10, and 15 of the highest 25.

Chesney’s chart-topping album debut comes with an asterisk. As was typical with many celebrity releases till the pandemic hit, “Right here and Now” benefitted from “bundling,” the apply of promoting a digital album together with a live performance ticket as a tour goes on sale. For apparent causes, that’s one thing that gained’t be occurring once more a fantastic deal within the close to future, however Chesney’s deliberate spring and summer season stadium tour went on sale final October. Though the dates have been postponed in March, the albums that have been pre-sold final fall nonetheless counted as gross sales now.

Breaking it down, Chesney’s launch did 218,600 in album gross sales, plus 11,800 particular person music gross sales — a relatively whopping gross sales quantity that made up for its modest 9.9 million streams. What number of of these albums have been offered as half of a ticket bundle isn’t identified.

Conversely, Drake’s launch did little or no in the best way of precise album gross sales — solely 20,300 — however had a reasonably spectacular quantity of particular person music gross sales, 35,800. The place it excelled, of course, as most hip-hop albums do now, is within the streaming division. “Darkish Lane Demo Tapes” racked up 220.eight million streams, greater than 22 occasions as many because the Chesney album.

It was a battle of the infants for third and fourth place — Lil Child and DaBaby, that’s. Lil Child holds onto his No. Three spot from final week with “My Flip” incomes 98,400 album models. DaBaby strikes down from No. 2 to No. Four as “Blame It on Child” moved 47,000 album models.

Final week’s No. 1 acquired kicked out of the highest 10. YoungBoy By no means Broke Once more’s “38 Child 2” dropped from the highest right down to No. 11, with 27,200 album models. That fast dip of curiosity might should do with YoungBoy glutting the market, as this was his third launch in eight months — though it doesn’t appear to be hurting DaBaby that he’s on his third album in 14 months.

Coming in after the Weeknd’s No. 5 “After Hours” is Megan Thee Stallion’s resurgent “Suga,” reaching its chart top up to now at No. 6. Her album, which appeared prefer it may be a dud upon preliminary launch, is discovering its stride because of her No. 1 music “Savage,” which has Beyonce as a featured visitor.

Additionally reaching its peak up to now is Doja Cat’s rising “Sizzling Pink,” as much as No. 7 on the album chart. It, too, is getting an enormous raise from successful single — Doja Cat’s “Say So,” that includes Nicki Minaj, is No. 2 on the songs chart.

Few new albums are making any sort of splash on the chart as of late as fewer and fewer artists outdoors of the realm of hip-hop are placing out new releases. After the race for the highest two positions, it’s a must to go all the best way right down to No. 22 to search out one other model new entry, the Christian group Elevation Worship’s “Graves Into Gardens.”

After that, the following highest entries are the rapper Mozzy’s “Past Bulletproof” at No. 36 and the Younger Thug/Chris Brown collaboration “Slime & B” at No. 39. JoJo’s extremely touted comeback, “Good to Know,” enters at No. 41.

As beforehand talked about, the Rolling Stone songs chart is led by Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and Doja Cat’s “Say So” (with Beyonce and Nicki Minaj because the respective superstar friends giving these tracks greater profiles). “Savage” had 26.6 milion streams for the week, and “Say So” had 19.1 million.

Of the six songs that Drake has within the prime 10 (and 15 within the prime 25), foremost amongst them is “Ache 1993,” that includes Playboi Carti, in at No. 3, nudging simply forward of his beforehand launched smash “Toosie Slide,” now at No. 4.

Subsequent week’s prime 10 on the album chart is more likely to embrace three large releases that got here out this previous weekend: Kehlani, Hayley Williams and the shock drop by Dangerous Bunny.


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