Mixtape, playlist or compilation album — what’s the distinction?
These days, on streaming companies, not a lot. But no matter you name it, “Slime Language 2,” the brand new venture from the Atlanta rapper Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, is No. 1 on the album chart.
“Slime Language 2” topped the most recent version of the Billboard 200 with the equal of 113,000 gross sales within the United States, in keeping with MRC Data, Billboard’s monitoring arm. That complete was largely depending on streams — 143 million of them — whereas gross sales of the total album topped out at 6,000 copies.
Credited to Young Thug and varied artists — many from below Thug’s YSL umbrella — “Slime Language 2” options 23 songs from a mix-and-match assortment of Atlanta rappers like Lil Baby, Gunna, Lil Keed, Lil Duke and Unfoonk, plus much less native visitors like Drake, Big Sean and Lil Uzi Vert. (Per week after the album’s launch, a deluxe addition of the album added eight extra tracks for a complete of 31.)
First-week streams for “Slime Language 2” — the sequel to a compilation launched in 2018 — matched Taylor Swift’s complete the week earlier than, for her rerecorded model of “Fearless,” which additionally hit No. 1 with the year’s biggest numbers to date. This week, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” fell to No. 2 with 57,000 in equal gross sales, down 80 p.c.
The remainder of the Top 5 contains the semi-sidelined country singer Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” at No. 3; “Justice” by Justin Bieber, at No. 4; and, in its chart debut, “Heart” by Eric Church, at No. 5.