It’s a new week on the Billboard charts with a new leader on the Top 200. Ariana Grande’s Sweetener debuts at No. 1 and is the pop star’s third chart-topping album. It was a solid tracking week for Grande’s label, Republic Records, as it dominates the top 5 having four albums in the ranking. Drake continues to lead the Hot 100 with his hit “In My Feelings” which spends a seventh week at No. 1. Here’s a look at what’s happening on the charts’ latest refresh on Aug. 28.
Ariana Grande’s Sweetener kicks off at No. 1 with a strong 231,000 total units, combining sales, streaming and track sales data. In a day when streaming is now taking over music consumption, Sweetener sold 127,000 copies in its debut week. This now marks Grande’s third No. 1 album on the Top 200 following her 2014 sophomore release My Everything and 2013’s debut album Yours Truly. Grande’s third album, Dangerous Woman, debuted at No. 2 which was blocked from reaching No. 1 by Drake’s Views. Her new album also surpasses the start of Dangerous Woman which moved 175,000 units upon release.
Sweetener also claims the largest streaming week for a pop album by a woman as well as the top spot for any genre, except hip-hop, by a woman. Typically, hip-hop and rap albums benefit greatly from streaming data. The album received nearly 127 million on-demand listens through official platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
With Ariana Grande at No. 1, Republic Records holds four of the five top spots on the albums chart. Nicki Minaj’s Queen dips to No. 3 (95,000 units, down 49 percent) while Drake’s Scorpion also falls one spot to No. 4 (93,000 units, down 9 percent). Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys holds at No. 5 (57,000 units, up 2 percent). This is the first time since 2010 that a label had had four albums in the top 5.
Also noteworthy on the Top 200, Aretha Franklin's 30 Greatest Hits moves to No. 6, her highest-charting album in 50 years since Aretha Now was at No. 4 in 1968 following its No. 3 peak a week prior.
Over on the Hot 100 songs chart, Drake's "In My Feelings" leads for the seventh week and now has commanded the chart for 26 weeks in 2018. The track remains No. 1 on Streaming Songs, also for a seventh week, having had just over 59 million listens. The hit falls to No. 2 on Digital Songs selling 30,000 copies while also falling one spot to No. 4 on Radio Songs with 106 million impressions in an all-genre format. Rap songs have now led the Hot 100 for 31 consecutive weeks extending the record also thanks to Drake's own "God's Plan" and "Nice for What" spending 11 weeks and 8 weeks at the top respectively.