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Xxxtentacion's Death Spurs Surge In Album Catalogue

Rappers take the lead in this week's chart summary that combines streams, song downloads and sales.

Xxxtentacion's Death Spurs Surge In Album Catalogue

By FYI Staff

Following the passing of Xxxtentacion last week, his latest album,?, bullets 22-1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with a 427% increase in consumption units, to 10,400. The sophomore set debuted at the top in mid-March. Additionally, his 2017 release, 17, rockets 75-6 (+514%) and his debut mixtape, Revenge, re-enters at 37 (+405%) – the album’s highest peak to date. His single, “Sad!” vaults 57 to 1 on the Streaming songs chart with over four million streams while “Moonlight” and “Jocelyn Flores” leapfrog into top ten.


Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys drops to 2 and continues to post the highest audio-on-demand streams for the week.

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5 Seconds of Summer’s Youngblood debuts at 3, achieving the week’s highest album sales total. Each of the Australian group’s previous three releases debuted at No. 1.

Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s surprise album release of The Carters’ Everything Is Love enters at 4. It is her fourth straight top five album and his sixth consecutive top-five release.

Christina Aguilera’s Liberation lands at 5, ranking as her highest charting album since 2010’s Bionic peaked at 3 in 2010.

Nas’ Nasir comes in at 8, marking it as his first charted album since Life Is Good reached No. 2 in 2012.

Other debuts in the top 50 include Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda’s Post Traumatic, at 18; California rapper Jay Rock’s Redemption, at 20 and Korean girl group Blackpink’s Square Up, at 21.

The teaming of Kygo & Imagine Dragons on the song “Born to Be Yours” debuts at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. It is Kygo’s first chart-topping digital song and Imagine Dragons’ second straight No. 1, following “Whatever It Takes.”

All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional colour commentary provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director, Paul Tuch.

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