On the Charts: Fetty Wap’s Debut Traps Number One
Fetty Wap, recovering from a broken leg after crashing his motorcycle September 26th, received some good news Sunday as the rapper’s self-titled debut beat out new releases by Don Henley, George Strait and the Dead Weather to take Number One on the Billboard 200. Fetty Wap sold 129,000 total copies in its first week of release, making Fetty the first rapper since A$AP Rocky in 2013 to have their debut LP claim the top spot, Billboard reports.
“Even if the album don’t go anywhere, that doesn’t mean nothing to me,” Fetty Wap recently told Rolling Stone. “I did what most people said I wouldn’t do. And I overcame, I guess you could say, a lot of rookie boundaries.” The rapper exceeded even his own expectations as his self-titled LP reached 75,000 pure album sales, with another 54,000 copies coming from bulk purchases of Fetty Wap’s smash singles “My Way” and “Trap Queen.”
Last week’s surprise champ, Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive, slipped to Number Two, one spot ahead of Don Henley’s country foray Cass County, which sold 89,000 total copies in its first week. (With 87,000 in pure album sales, Cass County was the week’s actual top-selling LP, but the Billboard 200′s new metrics allow for a la carte song downloads to be pooled together and counted as album sales, which enabled Fetty Wap to take Number One.)
Two more new country releases, George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation and Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up, finished the week at Number Four and Number Six respectively, while the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness served as a buffer at Number Five. One week after two 1989s made the Billboard 200′s Top Ten, only Taylor Swift’s original remained at Number Seven as Ryan Adams’ version dropped out. 1989, 49 weeks after its release, is just three weeks away from spending an entire calendar year in the Top 10.
Three more new releases debuted in the Top 10: Chvrches’ Every Open Eye took Number Eight with 39,000 copies, Disclosure’s Caracal opened at Number Nine with 35,000 albums sold and the Dead Weather closed things out as their Dodge and Burn moved 33,000 copies to take Number 10.
Next week, expect Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable and Avicii’s Stories to shake up the Top 10.