Travis Scott’s feature-laden Utopia” tops the album chart this week at No. 1, scoring the third-biggest week of 2023 for any album (behind Morgan Wallen and Taylor Swift) and the second-biggest streaming week of the year.
The 19-song set expands Scott’s discography after a hiatus of several years between his 2021 Astroworld festival and his final full-length, “Astroworld.” 2018 and stayed relatively low profile, appearing as a featured artist on other songs and limiting his live. appearances. However, the prospect of “Utopia” was already making the rounds on the internet, as Scott had teased the album the previous year.
That expectation was reflected in its opening statistics: 496,000 units sold in the US, two of the top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 331 million streams, the biggest vinyl sales week for a hip-hop or rap album since Luminate (the a data company that compiles the Billboard charts) began tracking sales in 1991.
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Scott also has two songs in the top five on the Billboard Singles Chart: Drake’s “Meltdown” at #3 and Playboi Carti’s “Fe!n” at #5. The songs collected 32.2 million and 25.6 million streams, respectively. With this, Playboi Carti scores her first career top-five hit, surpassing her appearance on Drake’s “Pain 1993” in 2020. Before that, The Weeknd and Bad Bunny’s “K-pop” Utopia, debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Elsewhere, Post Malone scores his fifth consecutive top album with the No. 2 “Austin,” which has completed 113,000 units and 101 million streams.
Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time sits at No. 3 with 96,000 equivalent album units in its 22nd week on the chart. The remainder of the top 10 consists of the “Barbie” soundtrack at No. 4 (after debuting at No. 2); Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” at No. 5; NewJeans’ “Get Up” at No. 6 in its 22nd week on the chart. 5; “Get Up” by NewJeans at No. 6 i. the second week, and “Genesis” Featherweight at No. 7. Swift and Wallen return to the bottom of the top 10 with “Midnights” at No. 8, “Dangerous: The Double Album Wallen’s” at No. 9 and Swift’s “Lover” at No. 10.
Back on the track list, Wallen’s “Last Night,” the lead single from his latest album, is now tied with Harry Styles’ “As It Was” for the longest No. 1 of the decade on the Hot 100, with 15 weeks. each.
Luke Combs’ version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” returns to #2 for a fifth week with strong radio momentum (77.4 million radio impressions). Last week, the aforementioned Combs and Wallen singles made Billboard chart history when Jason Aldean’s “Try That In a Small Town” peaked at No. 1, the first time three country singles had the spot. This week, Aldean’s single drops to No. 21.
Swift’s “Cruel Summer” is now at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and “Calm Down” by Rema and Selena Gomez is at No. 6. Rounding out the bottom of the top 10 singles is Gunna’s “Fukumean” at No. 7; Nicki Minaj and “Barbie World,” featuring Aqua on Ice Spice, remain at No. 8; Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” is at No. 9 and Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” enters the top spot at No. 10.