In an in depth race for No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, the brand new launch by YoungBoy By no means Broke Once more, a 21-year-old from Baton Rouge, La., narrowly beat fourth-week gross sales for “Licensed Lover Boy,” the streaming smash by Drake, who was dethroned after three straight weeks on prime.
YoungBoy’s “Sincerely, Kentrell” tallied 137,000 album models in whole (together with 186 million streams and 10,000 in conventional gross sales), sufficient to squeak by the 135,000 general gross sales models for “Licensed Lover Boy,” based on Billboard.
“Sincerely, Kentrell” turns into the fourth No. 1 album in lower than two years for YoungBoy, who’s incarcerated awaiting trial in Louisiana, the place he faces federal costs that he possessed an unlicensed gun as a felon. YoungBoy was amongst 16 individuals arrested in Baton Rouge in September 2020 on drug and firearm costs, not lengthy after his album “Top” turned his third No. 1 in lower than a 12 months.
YoungBoy — among the many hottest musicians on YouTube — has been dogged by authorized issues since signing with Atlantic Data as an adolescent in 2016. Within the present case, his legal professionals have mentioned he didn’t possess any of the contraband himself and are in search of to suppress proof they are saying was unconstitutionally obtained, based on courtroom filings.
In its first month out, Drake’s “Licensed Lover Boy” earned the equal of over 1 million gross sales in the US, together with multiple billion streams, and it held off a formidable challenger in Lil Nas X’s debut album, “Montero,” final week. This time, “Licensed Lover Boy” settled for No. 2, though it’s anticipated to contend for the highest spot once more subsequent week.
The remainder of the High 5 is rounded out by “Montero,” at No. 3; Kanye West’s “Donda,” repeating its place at No. 4; and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Bitter,” which additionally held regular at No. 5.