A$AP Rocky’s ‘Long.Live.A$AP’ Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200
Just as expected, A$AP Rocky has managed to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his debut studio album, Long.Live.A$AP.
The album has sold a total of 139,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and also serves as the first rap album to debut at #1 since 2 Chainz‘s Based On a T.R.U. Story opened atop the Sept. 1, 2012 list.
The album was preceded by the official lead single “Goldie,” which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached #55 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and the official second single “Fuckin’ Problems,” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar.
The latter has given Rocky his first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Is is currently sitting at #18 and is a Top 5 Hit on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and US Rap Songs charts where it sits at #4. So far, the song has sold 854,000 downloads.
Long. Live. A$AP. is one of only two albums debuted in the top 10 this week. In the runner-up slot is the arriving Kidz Bop 23 album, launching with 78,000, which is the best sales week for an album in the Kidz Bop series since 2006.
The last Kidz Bop set to move a larger figure in a week was Kidz Bop 10, which bounded in at #3 on August 19, 2006 with 117,000. The last four volumes in the regular Kidz Bop line (Vols. 19-22) have started with between 59,000 and 70,000.
In total, the Kidz Bop series has sold 13.3 million albums in the U.S. Its best-selling title is its premiere 2001 release, simply titled Kidz Bop, which has sold 959,000. Thoughts?