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Pop Smoke Tops Artist 100 Chart with Album Debut

Pop Smoke Leads Artist 100 Chart After Album Release

Pop Smoke, the Brooklyn drill rapper murdered on February 19th, 2020 has finally had his album released. The full-length debut “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” has launched at number 1 on the Billboard 200. However, the rapper is the fourth rapper to land a number 1 posthumously. Additionally, Pop skyrockets from number 73 to first overall on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. Other late rappers to have hit the top spot are Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., and XXXTentacion.

According to Nielsen Music, the album lands the sixth-largest week for an album in 2020. With 251,000 equivalent album units earned, this is good enough to qualify Pop Smoke for number 1. Additionally, all 19 songs from the album have charted on the Hot 100 chart. Most noteworthy, “For the Night” featuring Da Baby and Lil Baby leads the pack at number 6. In addition to that, the Roddy Ricch and 50 cent featured song “The Woo” slides in at number 11.

Especially relevant, The Artist 100 calculates artist activity using multiple metrics of music consumption. These metrics include social media engagement, streaming, radio airplay, and sales. This provides the ability to count a multi-dimensional ranking of an artist’s popularity.

Previous projects from Pop Smoke are a pair of mixtapes. Meet the Woo, V.1 and Meet the Woo, V.2. It’s worth noting that volume 2 became Pop’s first top 10 when it debuted and landed at number 7 back in February of this year.

Regarding the numbers for “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”, the breakdown is as follows. Of the 251,000 equivalent album units – 190,000 are streaming equivalent album units. This accounts for over 268 million on-demand streams of the 19 songs from the album. Additionally, 59,000 are in album sales. This is powered by the support of merchandise/album bundle offers. Lastly, 3,000 account for track equivalent album units.