Hip-Hop Rules The Albums Chart As LCD Soundsystem Runs The Show

Lil Uzi Vert performs in the Sahara Tent during day 3 (Weekend 2) of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 2) (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

This week on the Billboard 200, electronic dance-rock band LCD Soundsystem is the only act with enough momentum to start a new album inside the top 10. Their latest effort, American Dream, begins at No. 1, granting them their first leader on the all-encompassing tally.

Coming in behind LCD Soundsystem is last week’s champion, Lil Uzi Vert, with his debut full-length proper album Luv Is Rage 2. The title only slips on rung this turn, and the same can be said for the No. 3 album in the country, XXXTentacion’s 17. The two records, which initially launched at Nos. 1 and 2 last time around and moved 73,000 and 51,000 equivalent units, respectively.

Hip-hop powerhouse Kendrick Lamar is still holding on towards the top of the tally with his most recent No. 1 album DAMN., which has settled at No. 4 this week, just in front of recent first-time MTV VMA winner Khalid with his album American Teen. Those titles shifted 40,000 and 33,000 units, respectively.

Rock pops back up again at No. 6, as Imagine Dragons vault their new album Evolve back into the top 10. The collection just barely missed rising from outside the highest region into the top five by 2,000 copies, as it moved 31,000 this past week.

Just as it looked like it was going to depart the uppermost region on the Billboard 200 after a pair of weeks spent inside it, Kodak Black’s second top 10 of 2017, the Project Baby 2 mixtape, actually reverses course and rises from No. 9 to No. 7 this frame. Speaking of hip-hop returning to the top 10, rapper Logic also bounces back to the premium tier with his No. 1 album Everybody, which is performing well thanks mostly in part to the recent success of his single “1-800-273-8255,” which features pop singer Alessia Cara and Khalid, who is clearly also enjoying his time on the charts. Everybody is back to No. 8 with 29,000 copies.

The final two slots this time are filled by another pair of records that return to the top 10, with SZA’s Ctrl bolting to No. 9 (from No. 14), while Ed Sheeran’s blockbuster release ÷ (Divide) climbs from 13 to 10 to earn yet another week inside the uppermost area on the Billboard 200. Both titles shifted 26,000 equivalent units.

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