21 Savage Debuts at No. 1 with “I Am > I Was”
Atlanta rapper, 21 Savage, lands his first number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his album “I Am > I Was”. The album was released on December 21st via Slaughter Gang/Epic Records and launches with 131,000 equivalent album units earned. This information is based on sales ending week December 27th, according to Nielsen Music. However, of that sum, 18,000 were traditional album sales, the remaining bulk is driven by streaming activity. Most noteworthy, the Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption. These metrics are measured in equivalent album units. Furthermore, these units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.
Most noteworthy, “I Am > I Was” is the second solo studio effort from 21 Savage. However, it marks his first leader on the Billboard 200 and his fourth entry overall. 21 previously found himself on the list with “Without Warning” alongside Offset and Metro Boomin which peaked at number 4 in November 2017.
21 Savage Chart-Topping Hits
As well as scoring the top album out right now – 21 Savage also collected five top 10-charting hits on the Hot Rap songs chart. Furthermore, among those songs is Post Malone’s chart-topper “Rockstar” which featured 21. Additionally, the song led the all genre Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Especially relevant, the track scored 21 Savage his first two Grammy nominations for best rap performance and record of the year.
The album features guest verses from Travis Scott, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Offset, and others. However, none of those artists as credited on the album as “I Am > I Was” does not assign artist credit to its guest artists. Most noteworthy, this trend is becoming common as Travis Scott’s chart-topping Astroworld did not assign credit to its features either. 21 Savage will be an artist to continue to watch throughout 2019.