INDIO, CA – APRIL 23: Kendrick Lamar performs on the Coachella Stage during day 3 (Weekend 2) of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 23, 2017, in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
Arcade Fire is in charge of the Billboard 200 this week for the third time in the band’s career, as Americans were apparently anxious to listen to their new full-length Everything Now. That disco-inspired alternative record has started at No. 1 with 100,000 units shifted, and it’s just ahead of quite a few hip-hop and rap releases, all of which have now been identified as serious successes. Interestingly, no other new releases start inside the top 10, making Arcade Fire’s dominance all the more apparent.
Back to the runner-up position on the all-encompassing ranking is Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which is incredibly still going strong, despite the fact that it has already been out for months. The rapper’s third chart-topper was just recently named the biggest title of the year, and with another week at No. 2, it’s not difficult to guess that it will continue to rule the year.
Despite the fact that Meek Mill’s latest effort Wins & Losses only managed to debut in third place last week behind Lana Del Rey’s second No. 1 and Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy, which kicked off in second, the hip-hop star has proven that he may be true winner, at least when it comes to sustainability. Mill’s new album remains in third place, while Del Rey barely held on inside the top 10 and Tyler vacated the tier entirely.
DJ Khaled’s most recent No. 1 album Grateful continues to live inside the top five, thanks primarily to the success of a pair of singles—one-week chart owner “I’m The One” and current runner-up “Wild Thoughts,” both of which are also still present inside the top five on the Hot 100.
Jay-Z’s two-week No. 1 album 4:44 bounces back up the rankings to No. 5, right ahead of newcomer 21 Savage’s Issa Album, which has also risen once again, this time settling at No. 6. Hip-hop owns spots two through six this week, proving that not only are some of the genre’s biggest players truly the most popular artists in America, but that their albums can have staying power that other titles can only dream of.