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21 Savage Returns to No. 1 With Solo Album ‘American Dream’

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21 Savage, the London-born mainstay of Atlanta rap, has the primary new No. 1 album of 2024 with “American Dream,” following holdovers by Taylor Swift and Morgan Wallen.

“American Dream” is 21 Savage’s fourth chart-topper general, and the primary time he has led the Billboard 200 as a solo artist since “I Am > I Was” 5 years in the past; since then, he has gone to No. 1 twice through collaborative initiatives with Drake (“Her Loss,” 2022) and the producer Metro Boomin (“Savage Mode II,” 2020).

The album is 21 Savage’s newest for the reason that obvious decision of his long-running issues together with his immigration standing. The week earlier than the Grammy Awards in 2019, the place he had been set to carry out, the 31-year-old rapper, whose actual title is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for being in the USA illegally. After delays in his case, 21 Savage said in October that he had turn out to be a everlasting U.S. resident.

In its debut week, “American Dream,” which was introduced just some days earlier than its launch on Jan. 12 — and options visitor appearances by Doja Cat, Travis Scott, Lil Durk, Younger Thug and others, in addition to spoken segments by the rapper’s mom, Heather Carmillia Joseph — had the equal of 133,000 gross sales in the USA. Most of that was from streaming, with practically 170 million clicks, in response to the monitoring service Luminate. The 15-track LP had 4,000 gross sales as a whole package deal.

Additionally this week, “Orquídeas,” the fourth studio album by the singer Kali Uchis, which is carried out primarily in Spanish, opens in second place, Uchis’s highest chart place ever. The album, whose title interprets as “Orchids,” and options visitor spots by Latin stars like Peso Pluma, Karol G and Rauw Alejandro, had the equal of 69,000 gross sales, together with 51 million streams and 31,000 copies bought as a whole package deal.

Wallen’s practically year-old “One Factor at a Time,” which logged a seventeenth time at No. 1 final week, falls to 3rd place this week, whereas Drake’s “For All of the Canine” is No. 4 and Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Model)” is No. 5.