(AllHipHop News) Eminem's been dropping albums well before the start of the so-called "Streaming Era." Infinite arrived way back in 1996, and Marshall Mather's discography added another nine studio LPs over the next 22 years.
While 2017's Revival saw a significant slip in opening week sales (267,000 album-equivalent units), the Detroit spitter bounced back with Kamikaze (434,000 units). That was thanks, in part, to a huge number of streams.
According to Billboard, Kamikaze collected 225.5 million first-week audio streams, the highest of Em's career. Revival compiled only 82.5 million streams last December.
Those 225.5 million streams equate to 168,000 SEA units towards the total 434,000 units. That's gives Marshall the fourth-largest sales week of 2018 - behind Drake’s Scorpion (732,000 units), Travis Scott’s Astroworld (537,000 units), and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (461,000 units).
Kamikaze easily debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Astroworld (#2), Scorpion (#3), and beerbongs & bentleys (#6) are still living in the Top 10. Nicki Minaj’s Queen fell two spots to #7. Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance dropped one slot to #10.