After a slow season for new album releases, half of this week’s top 10 album were new entries, with Polo G bowing at No. 1 and albums by Migos, Twice, Maroon 5 and Bo Burnham also debuting in the chart’s upper ranks.
Polo G had a No. 1 single earlier this year with “Rapstar,” but the chart supremacy of the rapper’s “Hall of Fame” marks his first No 1 on the Rolling Stone album chart. The 20-song album includes guest spots from Lil Wayne, the Kid Laroi, Nicki Minaj and Rod Wave, among others. It debuted with 138,700 album equivalent units, bolstered by 160.1 million song streams.
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Migos’ “Culture III” was not too far behind in second place. Album units for the project amounted to 127,300. The set had 127.1 million song streams.
The Nos. 2-5 spots were held by holdovers Olivia Rodrigo (122,400 album units), Lil Durk and Lil Baby (68,300) and Morgan Wallen (46,000).
The next three positions were held by debuting albums, although nothing in the same league as Polo G or Migos. Twice’s “Taste of Love” bowed at No. 6 with 45,700 album units. Maroon 5’s “Jordi” came in at No. 7 with 38,000 album units. Bo Burnham’s “Inside” also collected 38,000 units to premiere at No. 8.
The top 10 was rounded out by returning champs J. Cole and MoneyBagg Yo. Following Dua Lipa at No. 11, Wolfgang Van Halen — aka Mammoth WVH — bowed at No. 12.
Much like the performance of the film itself in theaters, the “In the Heights” soundtrack album did less impressive business than expected, premiering in the No. 24 position with 18,100 album-equivalent units. Songs streams for the soundtrack stood at a modest 11.2 million, with album sales for the week at 8,700. The relative lack of interest in the album would seem to indicate that the almost universally acclaimed movie did not disappoint in theaters just because everyone was watching it at home on HBO Max.
Other album debuts included Pi’erre Bourne at No. 30, Garbage at No. 41 and Crowder at No. 43.
On the Rolling Stone songs chart, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” remained at No. 1, as it has been for four of its five weeks of release. Song streams for the week added up to 31.5 million.
BTS’ “Butter” came in second, with streams of 9.7 million in week four. The top debut, at No. 3, was “Having Our Way” by Migos featuring Drake. The second biggest bow belonged to Megan Thee Stallion, in at No. 10 with “Thot Shit.”
Songs from the Polo G or Migos albums accounted for all the other songs premiering in the top 40, with the exception of Doja Cat’s “Need to Know,” coming in at No. 30.
Lorde’s much discussed “Solar Power” entered the chart at a lower-than-expected spot, No. 43, with song streams of 7.5 million.
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