It’s safe to say that A$AP Rocky is having the best week ever. Rita Ora gaucheries aside, Rocky returned to the music world with his highly-anticipated second studio album At.Long.Last.A$AP. The woozy, hazy LP garnered a considerable amount of positive critical attention, and now the album has topped the Billboard charts this week.
With an expansive guest list that included Yasiin Bey, Lil Wayne, Mark Ronson, ScHoolboy Q among others, and after dropping a week ahead of its planned June 2nd date, Hits Daily Double has reported that A.L.L.A has sold roughly 143,000 copies, with 116,000 in sales and 143,000 in SPS (Sales Plus Streaming). Rocky previously topped the charts with his 2013 debut studio LP Long.Live.A$AP, which sold 139,000 copies in its first week. For those keeping score, Rocky’s album marks the fifth non-soundtrack hip hop album to top Billboard this year thus far, joining Wale, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Drake. In comparison, only ScHoolboy Q’s oxymoron, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive and and Rick Ross’ Mastermind reached Number 1 in all of 2014.
Rocky wasn’t the only hip hop artist to make an impact on the Billboard 200 either. Boosie Badazz, after spending over six years in prison, returned to the music world with his sixth studio album Touch Down 2 Cause Hell last week, and the album sold roughly 64,000 copies to debut at No. 3 on the charts. This marks Boosie’s highest-charting album to date, surpassing 2009’s Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz which came in at No. 7.
Congrats to both Rocky and Boosie on their acocmplishments this week.