Rapper XXXTentacion tops this week’s Billboard 200 with ?, his first #1 album and second studio effort overall. It earned 131,000 equivalent album units, with the vast majority coming from 106,000 streaming-equivalent albums, according to Nielsen Music. His success on the charts comes while XXXTentacion is also facing a number of legal troubles and other controversies. He is awaiting trial on multiple allegations of battery, among other charges, with a number of felony counts as well, and was just released from house arrest days after ? came out.
Metallica‘s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct leaps back into the top ten again, thanks once more to their concert ticket bundling promotion with the next leg of their North American tour. At #3 is Black Panther: The Album with last week’s #1 Bobby Tarantino II from Logic at #4. Culture II from Migos is at #5 with The Greatest Showman soundtrack at #6.
Former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery earns the fifth top ten album of his career with Seasons Change at #7. Ed Sheeran is at #8 this week with ÷. The third top ten debut of the week comes from indie rock veterans The Decemberists as I’ll Be Your Girl arrives at #9. Both McCreery and The Decemberists also benefited from a concert ticket/album bundling.
The top ten is rounded out by Stoney from Post Malone.