Another tracking week has been completed for the Billboard charts and is set to be reflected on the May 1 update. J. Cole makes an impressive start with his new album KOD which arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums tally while Drake continues to hold onto the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 songs chart. Ariana Grande is back with a new single and she starts in the top 5 on the songs chart as well. Here's a rundown of this week's noteworthy chartings.
J. Cole's KOD begins at No. 1 with the largest units in 2018 thus far. The album debuts at the top with 397,000 overall units which includes sales, streaming and track units. Of that, 215,000 were units derived from streaming equaling 322.7 million listens of songs on the album and marks the third largest streaming week ever. J. Cole also has the second largest sales week of the year with 174,000 copies sold. Additionally, J. Cole becomes the first artist to have three songs debut in the top 10 on the Hot 100 in a single tracking week. His tracks "ATM," "Kevin's Heart" and "KOD" debut at No. 6, 8 and 10 thanks to streams that count for both the Top 200 Albums and Hot 100 charts.
Drake is still riding high on the Hot 100 as his latest song "Nice for What" spends a third week at No. 1, a song that replaced his own "God's Plan" at No. 1. The song is No. 1 on Streaming Songs having 53.6 million hits but is down 10 percent. It also falls by nearly 35 percent on Digital Songs selling 33,000 copies and moving from No. 2 to No. 4. However, "Nice" does jump ten spots to No. 17 on Radio Songs with 51 million impressions in the U.S., up 27 percent. "Plan" previously spent 11 weeks at No. 1 and sits at No. 2 for a third week.
Ariana Grande has a new one off single that may later serve as the lead single to a full-length LP. "No Tears Left to Cry" was released on April 20 and debuts at No. 3 on the Hot 100. It's the best-selling song of the week having moved 100,000 downloads and marks her third Digital Songs chart topper. It arrives at No. 5 on Streaming Songs with 36.9 million listens and sits at No. 35 on Radio Songs where it amassed 27 million impressions in an all-genre format.
Sales and streaming are tracked Friday through Thursday while radio is tracked Monday through Sunday.