It turns out Lil Wayne’s reign as one of hip-hop’s premier icons is far from over.
The New Orleans legend, fresh off the release of his 13th studio album Funeral, has achieved No. 1 status on the Billboard 200 album chart for the fifth time in his career – tallying 139,000 equivalent album units in its first week. The project also marks Wayne’s 12th top-10 debut, according to Nielson Music/MRC Data.
Funeral supplants Roddy Ricch’s breakout album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, which has bounced back-and-forth between the first and second spots for much of January. Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By fell to the third position while Russ’s Shake The Snow Globe and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding rounded out the top five.
According to Billboard, streaming activity accounted for 72 percent of Funeral’s activity, totaling 134 million on-demand streams, or 99,000 equivalent album units. Pure album sales reached 34,000, assisted by a concert ticket/album sale bundle offered by Weezy.
Wayne is no stranger to being at the pinnacle of sales totals — Carter V also debuted in pole position on the Billboard charts in 2018 with 480,000 equivalent album units. The project became the second-largest streaming week for an album ever.
Find out what we thought of Lil Wayne’s Funeral in our album review.