Playboi Carti Lands First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Whole Lotta Red’

Playboi Carti lands his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his Christmas Day release Whole Lotta Red debuts atop the tally. The rapper’s second studio album starts with 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 31, 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Meanwhile, Lil Durk’s The Voice jumps 46-3 following its first full tracking week, after its debut a week ago from just one day of activity, as the set dropped on Dec. 24 (the final day of the previous tracking week). It matches his previous chart high, achieved with Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, released earlier in 2020.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Jan. 9, 2021-dated chart (where Whole Lotta Red bows at to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Jan. 5. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Whole Lotta Red’s 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Dec. 31, SEA units comprise 90,000 (equaling 126.43 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 10,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible number.

Whole Lotta Red, which was first announced in 2018, boasts 24 tracks and guest stars Future, Kid Cudi and Kanye West (who also executive-produced the set). The album is Playboi Carti’s second studio effort, following 2018’s Die Lit, which debuted and peaked at No. 3. So far, it has earned 1.1 million equivalent album units and net 1.67 billion on-demand streams for its tracks.

All told, Whole Lotta Red is the 24-year-old’s third charting set, as he also notched a self-titled mixtape in 2017, which reached No. 12. Earlier in 2020, Playboi Carti logged his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as the featured artist on Drake’s “Pain 1993,” which topped out at No. 7 in May. The cut also hit No. 4 on Hot Rap Songs and No. 6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

After two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Taylor Swift’s Evermore falls to No. 2 with 71,000 equivalent album units earned (down 58%).

Lil Durk’s The Voice surges from No. 46 to No. 3 with 66,000 equivalent album units earned (up 191%) following its first full tracking week. It debuted on the chart a week ago with 23,000 units from just one day of activity, as it was released on Dec. 24, the final day of the previous tracking frame. The Voice is the rapper’s third top 10 effort and equals his chart high, achieved with his previous studio set, Just Cause Y’all Waited 2. It peaked at No. 2 on the July 1, 2020-dated chart following its deluxe reissue with seven bonus tracks.

Pop Smoke’s former leader Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon climbs 11-4 with 46,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%), after spending its first week outside the top 10 since its debut at No. 1 on the July 18, 2020-dated chart. It’s one of a number of albums that bounce back to the top 10 – even with a decline in units – now that Christmas albums have departed the region completely. A week ago, a record-tying six holiday sets dotted the top 10.

Ariana Grande’s former No. 1 Positions steps 14-5 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (down 13%), Swift’s previous leader Folklore rises 8-6 with 35,000 units (down 33%) and Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News vaults 17-7 with 34,000 units (down 9%).

A trio of former No. 1s closes out the top 10: Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You Get climbs 19-8 with nearly 34,000 units (down 5%), Bad Bunny’s El Ultimo Tour del Mundo rises 16-9 with almost 34,000 units (down 12%) and Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By falls 3-10 with 33,000 units (down 65%).

Playboi Carti Lands First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Whole Lotta Red’

Playboi Carti lands his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his Christmas Day release Whole Lotta Red debuts atop the tally. The rapper’s second studio album starts with 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 31, 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Meanwhile, Lil Durk’s The Voice jumps 46-3 following its first full tracking week, after its debut a week ago from just one day of activity, as the set dropped on Dec. 24 (the final day of the previous tracking week). It matches his previous chart high, achieved with Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, released earlier in 2020.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Jan. 9, 2021-dated chart (where Whole Lotta Red bows at to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Jan. 5. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Whole Lotta Red’s 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Dec. 31, SEA units comprise 90,000 (equaling 126.43 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 10,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible number.

Whole Lotta Red, which was first announced in 2018, boasts 24 tracks and guest stars Future, Kid Cudi and Kanye West (who also executive-produced the set). The album is Playboi Carti’s second studio effort, following 2018’s Die Lit, which debuted and peaked at No. 3. So far, it has earned 1.1 million equivalent album units and net 1.67 billion on-demand streams for its tracks.

All told, Whole Lotta Red is the 24-year-old’s third charting set, as he also notched a self-titled mixtape in 2017, which reached No. 12. Earlier in 2020, Playboi Carti logged his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as the featured artist on Drake’s “Pain 1993,” which topped out at No. 7 in May. The cut also hit No. 4 on Hot Rap Songs and No. 6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

After two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Taylor Swift’s Evermore falls to No. 2 with 71,000 equivalent album units earned (down 58%).

Lil Durk’s The Voice surges from No. 46 to No. 3 with 66,000 equivalent album units earned (up 191%) following its first full tracking week. It debuted on the chart a week ago with 23,000 units from just one day of activity, as it was released on Dec. 24, the final day of the previous tracking frame. The Voice is the rapper’s third top 10 effort and equals his chart high, achieved with his previous studio set, Just Cause Y’all Waited 2. It peaked at No. 2 on the July 1, 2020-dated chart following its deluxe reissue with seven bonus tracks.

Pop Smoke’s former leader Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon climbs 11-4 with 46,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%), after spending its first week outside the top 10 since its debut at No. 1 on the July 18, 2020-dated chart. It’s one of a number of albums that bounce back to the top 10 – even with a decline in units – now that Christmas albums have departed the region completely. A week ago, a record-tying six holiday sets dotted the top 10.

Ariana Grande’s former No. 1 Positions steps 14-5 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (down 13%), Swift’s previous leader Folklore rises 8-6 with 35,000 units (down 33%) and Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News vaults 17-7 with 34,000 units (down 9%).

A trio of former No. 1s closes out the top 10: Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You Get climbs 19-8 with nearly 34,000 units (down 5%), Bad Bunny’s El Ultimo Tour del Mundo rises 16-9 with almost 34,000 units (down 12%) and Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By falls 3-10 with 33,000 units (down 65%).

Paul McCartney Reacts to Gerry Marsden’s Death: ‘I’ll Always Remember You With a Smile’

Paul McCartney has paid tribute to his old friend Gerry Marsden, who died at 78 after an illness related to a heart infection.

McCartney had a personal connection to the Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman, from the band’s beginnings in Liverpool alongside the Beatles.

“Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool. He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene. His unforgettable performances of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross the Mersey remain in many people’s hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music,” McCartney wrote in a heartfelt post on Twitter about the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” singer Sunday evening (Jan. 3).

“My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family,” he said. “See ya, Gerry. I’ll always remember you with a smile.”

McCartney shared the above photo of the Beatles posing with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Roy Orbison, circa 1963.

Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch: Week of January 4

New year, new livestreams! Though musicians are easing back into the action now that the holidays are over and we’re officially in the first week of 2021, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good livestreams and virtual shows to check out from the comfort of your couch and new jammies.

In fact, there are two big celebrations of late music icon David Bowie, who would’ve celebrated his 74th birthday on Jan. 8. The first is a concert that features some of Bowie’s celebrated collaborators, including Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Peter Frampton, Duran Duran, Michael C. Hall and many more. And speaking of the former Dexter star, Hall’s London stage performance in Lazarus as Bowie’s Newton from The Man Who Fell to Earth streams also on the legendary artist’s birthday, and through the weekend.

Here are some of the most notable music streaming events for the week of Jan. 4-10. We’ll update this list as more shows are announced.


Jan. 4: Jeff Tweedy’s “The Tweedy” show continues on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Instagram.

Jan. 5: The Drive-By Truckers, Kate Pierson of the B-52s, and more are participating in the #IVoted Festival Georgia to celebrate voting to mark the state’s senate run-off election. The event begins at 1 p.m. ET; RSVP here.

Jan. 8: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Billie Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and many more musicians are participating in A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day, to remember the iconic artist, who would’ve celebrated his 74th birthday on this date. The three-hour concert begins at 9 p.m. ET; tickets start at $25.

Jan. 8-10: The London production of Lazarus, which was captured live on stage and starred Michael C. Hall, will stream in celebration of David Bowie’s birthday. The show features music from Bowie’s catalog, and is available to stream in multiple time zones. Tickets start at $21.50.

Miley Cyrus Looks Forward to ‘More F—ing Music’ in 2021

The end of 2020 brought Plastic Hearts, and Miley Cyrus is already having a vision of what’s to come in 2021.

“Predicting a 2021 full of safe sex & effloresce (AND more f—ing MUSIC),” Cyrus wrote Sunday (Jan. 3) on Instagram, where she shared a photo of herself looking glam at the storefront of a Toluca Lake psychic.

The psychic shared Cyrus’ snapshot, plus an outtake, on her own Instagram, posting her services for an “eye opening reading.”

Cyrus, who just released a whole album full of new tunes on Nov. 27, celebrated New Year’s Eve with performances of a fresh “Party in the U.S.A.” and “Midnight Sky” (mashed up with Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen”) for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021 on ABC.

See her latest photo and her prediction for 2021 on Instagram.