Kid Cudi Tops R&B/Hip Hop Albums with “Man on the Moon III”
For the third time in his career, Kid Cudi has topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. With his latest effort, “Man on the Moon III: The Chosen”, the set debuts on top. Earning more than 144,000 equivalent album units in the first week, this is a great accomplishment for Cudi. All data is reported by Nielsen Music. Most noteworthy, before the release of this album, Kid Cudi released an album in 2013 called “Indicud” which held the top spot on the charts after its debut for one week. Additionally, “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” also debuted on top and led for one week.
However, the Cleveland born rapper has had other albums enter the top five on these charts. The 2009 release of “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” reached number 5. In 2014, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” hit number 2. “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’” hit number 5 in 2017. In addition to solo efforts, the collaborative “Kids See Ghosts” project with Kanye West hit number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Regarding the album’s success on other charts, all of the songs find their way to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Especially relevant, the song “Tequila Shots” places the highest at number 7. Following closely behind, “She Knows This” debuts at number 9. This gives Kid Cudi his third and fourth top 10 releases on the chart. The only other songs to perform this well was his breakthrough single, “Day and Night” which hit number 5 in 2009. Additionally, “The Scotts” which Cudi performed alongside Travis Scott debuted at number 1 in May and stayed for a week.
Perhaps most noteworthy, the song “Beautiful Trip” makes history as the shortest song to hit the Billboard Hot 100. At 37 seconds long, the track breaks a record for the shortest song to debut on the chart since Piko Taro’s 45-second “PPAP”.