Charlotte rapper DaBaby’s second studio release KIRK earns him his first No. 1 album on Billboard’s 200 chart.
Like many new artists, a bulk of DaBaby’s numbers can be attributed to streaming. According to Billboard, KIRK leads with 146,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 3 counting 8,000 in pure album sales. This translates to 181.7 million on-demand audio streams making KIRK the fifth-largest debut streaming week for an album in 2019.
The remaining top spots on the Billboard 200 chart are filled by a variety of acts. Post Malone’s Bleeding Hollywood comes in at No. 2. Following Post is The Beatles Abbey Road following a rerelease commemorating the album’s 50th anniversary.
At No. 4, is Kevin Gates with his latest album I’m Him. Taylor Swift‘s album Lover which has held the No. 1 spot before now ranks in at No. 5. The remaining 5 slots in top 10 are filled by the following acts: Whiskey Meyers, Billie Eilish, Young Thug, Lizzo and Lil Tecca.
DaBaby’s first studio album, Baby On Baby, also a 2019 release, peaked on Billboard’s 200 chart at No. 7. He heads out across North America on The Kirk Tour this fall accompanied by Stunna 4 Vegas.