A$AP Rocky Tops U.S. Album Chart With ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

Taking a second spin at No. 1 was no “Problem” for rapper A$AP Rocky: His latest album, “At.Long.Last.A$AP,” bowed atop the U.S. album sales chart for the week ending May 31, according to data from Nielsen Music.

The rapper’s second studio album had been slated for a June 2 release. Dropping early, “At.Long.Last.A$AP” moved 146,000 units. Succeeding his 2013 chart-topper “Long.Live.A$AP,” Rocky supplied the sixth No. 1 hip-hop album of 2015. “Long.Live.A$AP” follows Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise,” Wale’s “The Album About Nothing,” Drake’s “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” and the “Furious 7” soundtrack. By this time last year, only two hip-hop albums had reached No. 1.

Taylor Swift remained as runner-up, still riding the previous week’s resurgence after the Billboard Music Awards and her “Bad Blood” music video. Swift’s still-popular “1989” moved 70,000 units and dropped 23%.

Tay’s fellow awards show beneficiaries Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor placed in seventh and eighth places, respectively. Sheeran’s “X” dropped 7% with 35,000 units moved; Trainor’s “Title” went down 27% with 34,000 units moved.

Two more newly released albums debuted in the top 10 this week. Boosie BadAzz, formerly known as Lil’ Boosie, had a breakthrough at No. 3 with “Touch Down 2 Cause Hell.” The rapper’s latest album moved 64,000 units, boosting his previous high of 10,000 for 2009’s “Superbad.”

As Boosie looked to “Cause Hell,” Christian group Hillsong United looked to the heavens with the arrival of new album “Empires.” The Christian group’s second album moved 50,000 units in its first week of competition.

Twenty One Pilots’ “Blurryface” descended from last week’s No. 1 debut, landing at sixth place with 38,000 units moved.

Blockbuster soundtracks round out the top 10. “Pitch Perfect 2” toned down to No. 4 with 51,000 units moved in a 31% drop. “Fifty Shades of Grey” placed at No. 9 with 30,000 units moved (down 15%) and “Furious 7” fell from No. 9 to No. 10 with almost 30,000 units moved (down 18%).

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