The top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200 doesn’t feature any debuts, but there is a lot going on close to the top that’s worth discussing. The highest tier on the tally has a new champion in The Kid Laroi’s F*ck Love, hip-hop artist Est Gee collects his first top 10 as his latest release jumps into the region and Taylor Swift finds herself back in the loftiest space with Folklore as the title celebrates its one year anniversary.
Here are five albums that make big moves on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
No. 1 – The Kid Laroi – F*ck Love
Last week, The Kid Laroi’s debut album F*ck Love hit 52 frames on the Billboard 200, but somewhat shockingly, its best showing was yet to come. This time around, the title vaults from No. 26 to the top spot, becoming the musician’s first leader in the process. The project gains thanks to the addition of several new songs, including the major hit single “Stay” with Justin Bieber.
No. 39 – Travis Scott – Astroworld
2020 was a huge year for Travis Scott, as he scored two No. 1 hits on the Hot 100, but so far 2021 hasn’t been quite as fruitful. The musician is likely busy on his forthcoming full-length Utopia, which could arrive at some point before 2022 comes around, but in the meantime, fans continue to stream his previous projects non-stop. The hip-hop powerhouse’s Astroworld returns to the top 40 this frame as it hits three years (or 156 weeks) on the tally.
No. 163 – Toby Keith – 35 Biggest Hits
Fans of Toby Keith only need to hold on for a few more weeks before the country superstar drops his upcoming album Peso in My Pocket, his first in five years, but that doesn’t mean they’re not listening to the musician until then. The chart-topper’s 35 Biggest Hits compilation is comfortable at No. 163 on the latest edition of the Billboard 200 as it reaches a milestone 100 weeks on the ranking.
No. 182 – Taylor Swift – Reputation
Once again, Taylor Swift stands out as one of the most successful artists on the Billboard 200, if not the most accomplished act currently charting. The singer-songwriter claims half a dozen spaces on the competitive list for herself, which ties her with Drake for the most placements this time around. Included in her group of six titles is Reputation, which finds a home at No. 182 as it celebrates 150 weeks on the all-encompassing roster. Reputation is Swift’s fifth release to make it to that mark.
No. 198 – NF – The Search
Down almost at the very bottom of the Billboard 200 this week comes rapper NF, who reappears on the chart with one of his most successful projects, The Search. The title returns to the list at No. 198, narrowly breaking back onto the 200-rung tally. In doing so, the set reaches 100 weeks on the chart, and it’s now his second album to hit that number. – Forbes