Future just made history! The rapper from Atlanta’s recently released albums, which were released one right after the other over only two weeks, have just been officially rated in the peak of Billboard’s 200 album chart.
With the release of FUTURE February 17 as well as HNDRXX only a week later on February 24, Future has become the first solo artist in 61 years of the chart’s history to imbed himself at No. 1 after releasing two albums successively, say Billboard:
“As expected, Future debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 18) with HNDRXX, his fifth chart topper. It replaces his own self-titled album, which bowed at No. 1 a week earlier.”
“Future is the first act in the nearly 61-year history of the chart to achieve back-to-back No. 1 debuts in successive weeks. The rapper is also the first artist to succeed himself at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 at all (counting not only debuts) since 1968. He’s additionally the first soloist ever to claim the honor.”
“The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).”
The news is the final touch on a crazy week for the artist, who filmed an appearance on famed The Ellen DeGeneres Show last Wednesday in Los Angeles, before he flew to the UK for his performance honouring his partnership with Reebok Classics. He then went right back to NY for the Reebok pop-up event, then back to Europe for the Paris Fashion Week.
Replacing his own self as chart-topper puts him alongside artists such as The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Monkees, as well as Peter, Paul & Mary.
The strategy he used of record-setting via the release of two huge-label albums within two weeks of each other is a reflection of the culture of mixtapes from which Future emerged. In this culture, flooding the music market is a standard.
“I just reflected on it and was thinking about doing this since the end of last summer. I started thinking about how I wanted to put the project out,” he said to Billboard, mentioning that he didn’t know at the time he would be able to pull off the history-making move. “With the timing of the music, I didn’t know because it was so much music coming out. I wouldn’t know the space and timing that I would have for the music.”