It’s a quiet week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Moneybagg Yo’s A Gangsta’s Pain returns to No. 1 while no albums debut in the top 10 for the first time in two months.
A Gangsta’s Pain rises 2-1 in its third week, after earning 61,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 12 (down 12%), according to MRC Data. The album debuted atop the chart dated May 8 with 110,000 units.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new May 22-dated chart (where A Gangsta’s Pain returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on May 18. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
A Gangsta’s Pain’s 61,000 units earned are nearly all from streaming activity, as SEA units comprise 60,000 of its total for the week. Further, the album’s 61,000 units is the second-lowest total for a weekly No. 1 album in 2021. Only Taylor Swift’s Evermore has posted a smaller week at No. 1 this year, when it returned to the top for a third nonconsecutive week on the chart dated Jan. 16 with 56,000 units (earned in the week ending Jan. 7).
Zero albums debut in the top 10 on the new Billboard 200 — the first time that’s happened since the March 13-dated chart.
Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1 Dangerous: The Double Album rises 3-2 with 52,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%), DJ Khaled’s Khaled Khaled dips 1-3 in its second week with 46,000 units (down 51%), and Justin Bieber’s former leader Justice is steady at No. 4 with 38,000 units (down 10%).
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia is next, as it rises 7-5 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s the only album in the top 10 that gains in units, and it remains the lone album by a woman in the top 10. (It’s also the only album in the top 10 that’s yet to be No. 1. It peaked at No. 3 in March.)
Rod Wave’s SoulFly is a non-mover at No. 6 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned (down 10%), the Young Thug-led Slime Language 2 project falls 5-7 with just over 31,000 units (down 22%), Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon is stationary at No. 8 with 31,000 units (down 3%), The Weeknd’s After Hours is steady at No. 9 with 29,000 units (down 9%), and Luke Combs’ What You See Is What You Get rises 11-10 with 27,000 units (down 2%).