Rapper Big Sean has claimed his first Billboard chart topper with his new album Dark Sky Paradise. His third album beat Kid Rock’s latest offering First Kiss to the top spot by 27,000 units in the week ending March 1st, according to figures by Nielsen SoundScan.
Dark Sky Paradise moved 173,000 units in its first week on sale, a combination of traditional physical sales and track and streaming equivalents. Both of his previous albums, 2011’s Finally Famous and 2013’s Hall of Fame, both entered at Number 3.
Kid Rock had to settle for second place after his tenth album First Kiss sold 146,000 units. While all seven of his major label albums following 1998’s Devil Without a Cause have peaked in the U.S. Top Ten, only 2007’s Rock n Roll Jesus has hit Number 1.
The soundtrack for Fifty Shades of Grey, featuring contributions by Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd, is a non-mover at Number 3 with another six-figure sales week (108,000). Drake’s surprise-release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late falls to Number 4 (99,000), and Taylor Swift’s 1989 moves down to Number 5 (78,000).
Further down the chart, Ed Sheeran’s X is at Number 6 (73,000), while at Number 7 is the third-highest new entry. Chris Brown and Tyga’s collaboration project Fan of a Fan enters with 67,000 sales. Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour chalks up another week in the Top Ten at Number 8 (60,000).
Rounding out the highest section of the Billboard charts is last week’s Number 1 Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons. The Las Vegas group’s second album tumbles all the way down to ninth place with 55,000 sales, down three-quarters from the previous week’s sales.
Maroon 5’s V is the only album in the Top Ten to increase its sales figures from the week, with 49,000 units shifted, but it still falls three places to Number 10.