(And millions and millions of streams)
New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has topped the Billboard 200 chart in the US with his album ‘Hoodie SZN’, despite having sold only 823 physical copies.
As the New York Times reports, the vast majority of the figures that skyrocketed the rapper to the top spot were via accumulated streams. Figures show that 20 songs on Boogie’s album were streamed 83 million times, which equates to having shifted 58,000 units.
All of the 823 albums sold were digital downs as physical copies are not yet available. This also marks the fewest copies sold by a No. 1 album in the Billboard chart’s history. The record was previously held by 21 Savage, who sold 3,841 copies of ‘I Am > I Was’ last year.
In the UK, there have been surprising trends for physical sales despite streaming and digital music proving to be the dominant force. Arctic Monkeys topped the best-selling vinyl albums of 2018, – with profits of the format hitting a 25 year high. There was also a 125% year-on-year increase in the sale of cassettes.
Meanwhile, the albums to have sold the most copies overall were dominated by George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Dua Lipa and The Greatest Showman soundtrack, but it was Eminem who sold more albums than any other artist in 2018.