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Rapper Meek Mill Tops U.S. Album Chart for the First Time

Rapper Meek Mill has landed his first No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, with “Dreams Worth More Than Money” moving 246,000 units in the week ending July 5, according to data from Nielsen Music.

Mill’s latest is the fourth-biggest album debut of the year, behind Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” and Mumford & Sons’ “Wilder Mind.” He’s also the fifth artist in a row to achieve a first No. 1 album on the chart, following Breaking Benjamin, James Taylor, Muse and Florence + the Machine in the preceding weeks. Mill’s second studio album surpasses the success of his first, “Dreams and Nightmares,” which bowed to 165,000 units in 2012, according to Billboard.

“Dreams Worth More Than Money” left other competing new albums in the dust, notably outselling the latest from R&B crooner Miguel. Miguel’s “Wildheart” debuted in second place, moving 48,000 units. Miguel’s self-propelled rivalry with R&B singer Frank Ocean has kept his name prevalent in the Twittersphere.

“VHS,” the debut album from X Ambassadors, bowed at No. 7, having moved 30,000 units last week. The alt-rock band’s first full-length collection was catapulted high onto the chart by its lead single, “Renegades,” which has ruled alt-rock radio stations for several weeks.

Christian rock outfit August Burns Red finished in ninth place with its latest effort, “Found in Far Away Places.” The set moved 29,000 units in its first week of competition, with a strong presence on Christian music charts.

The soundtrack to “Magic Mike XXL” came in at No. 10, moving 26,000 units in its first week on the chart, mirroring the success of the film’s holiday weekend bow. The album includes classic sensual jams like Ginuwine’s “Pony” and “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” by D’Angelo.

Taylor Swift leads the holdovers that make up the other half of the top 10. Her “1989” moved 48,000 units last week, down 11% from the week before, but showing no signs of slowing.

Swift is followed by her pal Ed Sheeran, whose “X” finished in fourth place with 39,000 units moved, up 10%. The Brit publicly celebrated Independence Day with both a performance on Macy’s televised fireworks special and a buzzy Instagram photo on Swift’s account.

James Taylor’s “Before This World” finished in fifth place for the second week in a row, down 34% with 33,000 units moved. Breaking Benjamin’s “Dark Before Dawn” fell from its first-place debut to No. 6, down 78% with 31,000 units moved. Sam Hunt’s Montevallo held steady at No. 8, moving 29,000 units.

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