Cardi B Becomes the Fifth Female Rapper having a No. 1 Album


Cardi B’s first album, “Invasion of Privacy,” opened at the top of the Billboard chart with the equivalent of 255,000 sales.

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Last summer, with her ubiquitous hit “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B became the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill in 1998 to reach No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart having a fully solo Discharge — of which will be, with no “feature” appearance by another artist (say, a male rapper).

currently, Cardi B has pulled off a similar feat on the album chart, as her “Invasion of Privacy” (KSR/Atlantic) opens at No. 1 with the equivalent of 255,000 album sales inside United States, according to Nielsen. As Billboard noted, she will be only the fifth female rapper in history to top the chart, after Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown along with Ms. Hill.

“Invasion of Privacy” also had the highest streaming week ever for a female artist, with 202.6 million streams of tracks via the album, beating Beyoncé, who logged 115 million for “Lemonade” two years ago. In addition to the streams, “Invasion of Privacy” had 103,000 sales as a complete album, on formats like CD along with download.

Also This particular week, Thirty Seconds to Mars, the rock band featuring the actor Jared Leto, opened at No. 2 with “America,” along with the Weeknd’s brand-new EP “My Dear Melancholy,” which started out at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 3. The soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” will be in fourth place, along with XXXTentacion’s “?” will be No. 5.

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