Macklemore returned with GEMINI, his second solo effort. The Seattle rapper collected 51,000 equivalent album units to open at #2.
In 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist peaked at #2 (78,000 units). Four years later, the duo's This Unruly Mess I’ve Made entered the chart at #4 (61,000 units.) Macklemore’s first solo album, 2005’s The Language of My World, did not make it onto the Billboard 200.
Trip by Jhené Aiko debuts at #5 with 37,000 units. Twenty88, Aiko's 2016 collaborative effort with Big Sean, hit #5 by earning 49,000 units. The R&B vocalist's Souled Out earned 70,000 copies in 2014 to land at #3.
The rest of the current Top 5 features other Hip Hop stars. For example, Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv is Rage 2 fell to #3 (45,000 units).
Kevin Gates' By Any Means 2 jumped from #100 to #4 in its second week of release (40,000 units). Post Malone’s Stoney rises to #6 (37,000 units), Kendrick Lamar's DAMN drops to #8 (34,000 units), and Khalid’s American Teen slips to #9 (32,000 units).
Las Vegas rock band The Killers leads the Billboard 200 with Wonderful Wonderful. The group's fifth studio LP brought in 118,000 equivalent album units.