Fans Choose BTS & Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Butter’ Remix as This Week’s Favorite New Music

The remix of BTS’ summer smash “Butter,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Aug. 27) on Billboard, choosing the team-up between the K-pop boy band and Houston rapper as their favorite new music release of the past week.

The “Butter” remix brought in 76% of the vote, beating out new music by Halsey (If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power), Selena Gomez and Camilo (“999″), Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar (“Family Ties”), Kacey Musgraves (“Justified”), and others.

BTS, who recently graced the cover of Billboard, and Megan Thee Stallion’s remix arrived days after the rapper filed an emergency temporary restraining order against 1501 Certified Entertainment, alleging that her label was blocking her from appearing on a remix of BTS’ Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 smash “Butter.” On Tuesday (Aug. 24), a Texas judge ruled in favor of the Megan’s request to extend the TRO that permitted her to release the remix. The following day, both acts announced the remix.

“Butter” has been sticking to the top of Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart, where it remains in the week dated Aug. 28. The song, which ruled the Hot 100 for nine weeks and became the longest-running No. 1 of 2021 (so far), is currently in the No. 8 slot of the all-genre tally.

Placing second on the past week’s tally with nearly 11% of the vote was Halsey’s fourth album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. The new set, executive produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, explores themes of pregnancy and motherhood.

Halsey has described the 13-track project as “a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth. It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months.”

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.

Kanye West Claims Universal Music Group Released ‘Donda’ Without His Approval

Kanye West doesn’t seem pleased with the rollout of his latest album, Donda.

Just hours after Donda arrived on streaming services Sunday morning (Aug. 29), the 44-year-old rapper and fashion mogul claimed on social media that the oft-delayed album was released without his approval by Universal Music Group, the parent company of Def Jam Recordings.

“UNIVERSAL PUT MY ALBUM OUT WITHOUT MY APPROVAL AND THEY BLOCKED JAIL 2 FROM BEING ON THE ALBUM,” West wrote in all caps on Instagram.

Billboard has reached out to Def Jam for comment.

The Donda track “Jail pt 2,” featuring DaBaby, was originally unavailable when the album first appeared on streaming services Sunday morning, but became available later in the afternoon. In a now-deleted Instagram post from early Sunday, West shared screenshots of text messages saying the track was being held up because of clearance issues from DaBaby.

During Ye’s third large-scale listening event for Donda at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Aug. 26, it was revealed that Jay-Z’s verse on “Jail” had been replaced by a new one from DaBaby, who has been under fire for making homophobic and misogynistic comments at Rolling Loud Miami in July. Fans were pleased to learn Sunday that Jay’s verse had been reinstated on the original “Jail.”

Donda, Kanye’s 10th album, was first due on July 23 via G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam following his first large-scale listening event inside Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium, but then the project experienced multiple delays. Named after the rapper’s mom who died in 2007, Donda comes nearly two years after his ninth studio album, Jesus Is King, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

In addition to Jay-Z and DaBaby, Donda also features numerous high-profile collaborations, including The Weeknd and Lil Baby (“Hurricane”), Travis Scott (“Praise God”), Young Thug and Pop Smoke (“Tell the Vision”), Kid Cudi (“Moon”), Pusha T, Roddy Ricch and Ariana Grande (“Donda”), and more.

Every Song on Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Album, Ranked: Critic’s Pick

Only Kanye West could rent out Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for weeks at a time and also live there in the process of making an album. After pump-faking the release of Donda twice, Kanye returned on Aug. 26 by rebuilding his childhood home at midfield of Soldier Field in his hometown of Chicago for another listening event.

After yet another delay, the elusive Donda album finally made its way onto streaming services Sunday morning (Aug. 29). Ye’s 10th LP boasts star-studded features that include Jay-Z, Baby Keem, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Young Thug, Jay Electronica and many more collaborators helping execute Yeezy’s latest vision on what he’s dubbed the “album of the life.”

Bringing the best out of a phalanx of collaborators and special guests has always been a gift of Kanye’s throughout his career, and he puts it on display once again with the superstar cast bridging multiple generations across 27 total tracks.

After sifting through the censored CDQ version of Donda on streaming services, check out our song rankings for the LP below.

26. “Tell the Vision” (feat. Pop Smoke)

A different version of “Tell the Vision” originally landed on Pop Smoke’s posthumous Faith album. Here, Pusha T’s verse is cut out and Pop’s vocals are altered along with Kanye tweaking the beat. Yeezy gives a salute to Pop, which serves as more of an interlude or bridge than a legit track from the fallen Brooklyn drill soldier.

25. “No Child Left Behind” (feat. Vory)

This is the proper album closer. Anyone that watched the stream or was on social media during the second Atlanta listening party will have to associate “No Child Left Behind” with the sight of Kanye — or a Kanye stunt double — ascending into the heavens on an ultralight beam through the open roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

24. “God Breathed” (feat. Vory)

One of the more gospel-leaning records on Donda. “GBOT” is a forgettable deep cut in the long run of the project as it gets swallowed up by other glossier records and colossal stars lending their talents to the LP. Although, it is funny to hear Kanye compare God being the father to an episode of Maury.

23. “24” (Feat. Vory)

By this point on the album, Donda is transitioning into a more peaceful finish. Kanye is repeatedly letting the listeners know everything is going to be okay and he’s going to keep conquering the obstacles life has thrown his way, whether it’s the loss of his mother, relationship troubles with Kim Kardashian or something else. As he rapped on “Reborn,” keep moving forward.

22. “Ok Ok, Pt. 2″ (feat. Fivio Foreign, Rooga & Shenseea)

In another part two edition, Kanye enlists his first female collaborator on the record with rising dancehall star Shenseea. But it’s the original that won’t be topped, thanks to a standout feature from Lil Yachty.

21. “Jonah” (feat. Vory & Lil Durk)

After missing the private jet to put his melodic rhymes on Donda in July, Lil Durk made up for it in a major way by making the final cut for his first collaboration with the Chicago legend on “Jonah.” Vory’s croon pops up on another track as Kanye basically turned the Houston artist’s voice into another instrument for him to deploy throughout the project. It’s probably no coincidence to hear Kanye condemning “smoking on an opp’s pack” around the same time Durk said he would stop name-dropping the dead in his music.

20. “Donda”

Kanye looks inward and mixes in an inspirational speech from the late Donda West, as Kanye reflects on his parents’ relationship and his origin story with help from the Sunday Service choir. Erasing the assist from G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T ends up lowering the track’s ceiling.

19. “Remote Control” (feat. Young Thug)

Another unexpected treat for listeners has Young Thug reuniting with Kanye on a record. Thugger steals the show, gliding through the smooth production without a worry in the world, boasting about his riches while Yeezy mocks how futuristic the world has become with remote controls and hoverboards. With that said, “Remote” is mildly disappointing, as it won’t be one of Donda’s most memorable cuts.

18. “New Again” (feat. Chris Brown)

Kanye brings listeners on an uptempo psychedelic trip throughout “New Again.” With all Yeezy and Chris Brown have been through, they know a thing or two about shedding their skin and feeling new again. The house-influenced “New Again” would’ve been a hidden gem on Donda that was sure to get your head-bobbing if Yeezy left alone the edition fans heard in Atlanta with help from Ty Dolla $ign.

17. “Heaven and Hell” 

Kicked off with a Jennifer Lopez “Jenny From the Block” sample, “Heaven and Hell” is rare solo Kanye cut on Donda. Yeezy rides the thunderous production which provides one of the most exhilarating drops shortly after the one-minute mark. If only Kanye channeled his “No More Parties in L.A.” flow, this could’ve easily been a classic cut.

16. “Junya, Pt. 2″ (feat. Playboi Carti & Ty Dolla $ign)

This serves as a breath of fresh air with Ty Dolla $ign tapping into his rapping bag with ease. While Ty, unfortunately, got cut off from “New Again,” he gets his shine here.

15. “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2″ (feat. Jay Electronica & The LOX)

The final track of what could’ve been a double-disc effort from Yeezy. This version was played at the second Atlanta listening session as The LOX continued their hot streak coming off of their dominating Verzuz victory over Dipset. Kanye just couldn’t cut them off altogether, it just wouldn’t have been right.

14. “Keep My Spirit Alive” (feat. Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine & KayCyy)

Griselda and Kanye West is an unlikely combination, but he once again made it all work. “Keep My Spirit Alive” is tied together by the tuneful singing of YZY Sound artist KayCyy. The track most likely stems from when Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and Benny The Butcher paid Kanye’s Wyoming ranch a visit in 2020.

13. “Jesus Lord” (feat. Jay Electronica)

One of the most powerful tracks on the entire album. Kanye opens up about the pain he’s gone through with his divorce and the never-healing wound of the loss of his mother. Bars like “Suicidal thoughts got you wondering what’s up there” or “If I die tonight, will I see her in the afterlife” are sure to pierce any listener’s soul. And that was just part one, as elusive rap superhero Jay Electronica provides reinforcements in the second half of the nine-minute marathon. The cut is capped off by a message from Larry Hoover Jr., who thanked Kanye for trying to help his incarcerated father and pleaded for his freedom.

12. “Jail” (feat. Jay-Z & Francis and the Lights)

“This might be the return of The Throne,” Jay-Z raps. The most anticipated reunion in all of hip-hop takes place on Donda as Kanye reconnects with big brother Hov. “Hova and Yeezus, like Moses and Jesus,” Jay continues to add to the hype of the former Roc-A-Fella running mates teaming up. While Watch the Throne remains the gold standard, there could be more in store as social media personality turned Donda insider Justin LaBoy claimed a sequel project from Ye and Jay was on the way for later in 2021.

11. “Lord I Need You”

One of the tracks with stronger religious themes with Kanye being a man of God. The softer track features co-production from Wheezy and serves as an angelic transition into the final chapter of Donda. This won’t be anyone’s favorite, but also not anyone’s least favorite.

10. “Moon” (feat. Don Toliver & Kid Cudi)

After publicly saying he wasn’t on the original version of Donda, Kanye gave his close friend Kid Cudi a call to have him fly into Atlanta and contribute to multiple tracks on the finished album. Cudder and Cactus Jack’s Don Toliver trade croons as “Moon” carries the middle portion of Donda.

9. “Junya” (feat. Playboi Carti)

An incredible three-song stretch of Donda is capped off with “Junya.” Yeezy joins forces with one of the leaders of the new school in Playboi Carti and doesn’t flinch. Kanye gives Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee bucks a shout-out for winning the championship and has smoke for anyone (possibly Drake or Nas) who wanted to invade his release day. “Move out the way of my release,” he raps.

8. “Jail, Pt. 2″ (feat. DaBaby)

The Chicago-bred millionaire sent shockwaves through the industry when DaBaby and Marilyn Manson joined him on the remake of his childhood home’s porch at Soldier field for the third public Donda listening party. Baby replaces and Jay-Z, which is usually an impossible task, but gives an A+ effort with a hard-hitting verse addressing the public thrashing he’s received in recent weeks. The Charlotte native’s assist is one of the album’s premier guest appearances and it’s over a beat he would never rap on if it wasn’t for Kanye.

7. “Come to Life”

Kanye warms up his vocal cords and puts his singing voice to use while getting introspective with a look inward. Sadness sets in as Yeezy expresses regret with possible love notes to his wife Kim Kardashian West and fades into the distance with an inspiring piano solo letting everyone know he’s finally free.

6. “Praise God” (feat. Travis Scott & Baby Keem)

Kanye reunites with Travis Scott for the first time since “Wash Us in the Blood” for the spacey track. Baby Keem, who was an Atlanta mainstay the past two weeks, lets us know he’s still outside pandemic be damned over the ominous organ-laden production.

5. “Ok Ok” (feat. Lil Yachty & Rooga)

A bonafide Donda standout track. The Chicago-bred mogul looks inward and professes he’s not okay at the moment. Yeezy examines the rap game admitting he’s inspired again and recognizes those trying to copy his blueprint all the while calling out artists for following trends and not standing out.

Lil Yachty provides a welcomed feature, which makes for a full-circle moment, as he got his start modeling Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 during The Life of Pablo’s Madison Square Garden listening party in 2016 when he wasn’t yet a known commodity in rap. Lil Boat pays tribute to the late Juice WRLD over muffled 808s and hands the baton to underground Chicago native Rooga, who takes aim at those who don’t want to see him winning.

4. “Believe What I Say”

Lauryn Hill and her label come through in the clutch with the “Doo Wop” sample clearance. Kanye actually teased “Believe What I Say” in 2020 while enjoying a boat ride. The soulful cut makes for a welcomed addition to the Donda fold and might be a slight jab at Drake who used a similar “Doo Wop” sample on 2014’s “Draft Day.”

3. “Pure Souls” (feat. Roddy Ricch & Shenseea)

Another track, another five-star collaboration. Kanye connects with one of Compton’s finest in Roddy Ricch and emerging dancehall singer Shenseea for “Pure Souls.” While production has been crisp on recent Kanye projects, his songwriting has been where he’s faltered in the latter part of his career. “Pure Souls” features some quality writing from Yeezy as he spars with friendly enemy Drake by weaving “Mob Ties” and “God’s Plan” into his rhymes, which is sure to grab the 6 God’s attention heading into CLB.

2. “Hurricane” (feat. Lil Baby & The Weeknd)

A fan-favorite from the shelved Yandhi era in 2018. “Hurricane” has gone through a series of evolutions and reached close to its final form in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Kanye showed off the track polished with The Weeknd’s intoxicating tenor on the chorus instead of himself, which takes the nearly three-year-old song to another level on the Richter scale.

1. “Off the Grid” (feat. Playboi Carti & Fivio Foreign)

Whoever thought there would be a Kanye West, Playboi Carti and Fivio Foreign collaboration in 2021 should probably play the lottery too. Fivio helps make it one of Donda’s best efforts. He pours his soul into this verse and doesn’t leave a bar unaccounted for.

It’s almost as if he knew how important this verse could be in catapulting him to rap’s mainstream, which is something a Kanye feature was powerful enough to do at one point. As one of the torchbearers of Brooklyn’s drill scene following Pop Smoke’s death, Fivio Foreign didn’t take this moment for granted and it showed in the final product.

A reinvigorated Kanye taps into another frequency and ends up adding his best rapping verse since The Life of Pablo to take the track to a superior fan-favorite level.

Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Flying Lotus, Lupe Fiasco & Others Mourn Death of Reggae Legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Musicians around the world are mourning the loss of legendary Jamaican producer and a dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, who died Sunday (Aug. 29) at the age of 85.

Artists like the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Flying Lotus, Lupe Fiasco and many others took to social media to pay their respects to Perry, whose pioneering accomplishments made him of of reggae’s most eccentric producer-vocalist.

“We send the most love and respect we can to Lee Perry who passed today, to his family and loved ones and the many he influenced with his pioneering spirit and work,” Mike D tweeted. “We are truly grateful to have been inspired by and collaborated with this true legend.”

“Blessed journey into the infinite,” Flying Lotus, whose real name is Steven Ellison, wrote on Twitter. “RIP Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.”

Rapper Fiasco also remembered Perry, tweeting, “AFRICAN BLOOD IS FLOWING THROUGH I VEINS SO I AND I SHALL NEVER FADE AWAY!!!!”

During his decades-long career, Perry built his legendary Black Ark studio in Kingston, which became the birthplace for many classic reggae and dub recordings by Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Congos, Max Romeo and Junior Murvin. Perry’s work on Romeo’s War Ina Babylon, The Heptones’ Party Time, The Congos’ Heart of the Congos and Murvin’s Police & Thieves helped push reggae to new international levels in the late 1970s.

Romeo remembered the late producer as a “genius in the truest sense of the word.”

“The first thing is, he was truly a producer; he didn’t just a sit in a chair in the studio and listen to what you got and record it. He joined in in the building of the thing,” Romeo told Rolling Stone after Perry’s passing. “He’s a genius in the truest sense of the word. Of course he was ahead of his time. His creations actually contributed to rap music, Protoje and Buju Banton’s music. He’s the best I ever worked with in my 55 years in the business.”

Mad Professor, a longtime collaborator of Perry, also remembered him in a lengthy tribute on Facebook.

“The end of an era! We first worked in the early eighties, recording several tracks and doing [several] tours, having many laughs, sharing many dreams… we spoke together with his wife a week ago…,” the dub producer wrote. “What a character! Totally ageless! Extremely creative, with a memory as sharp as a tape machine! A brain as accurate as a computer! We travelled the world together… Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, All over the USA and Canada… and many more places. Never a dull moment! All the Bob Marley stories… all the Coxone Dodd stories!! And many more…”

See more tributes to Perry below.

Taylor Swift Shows Love to Halsey for Artistry and Risk Taking on New Album: ‘I’m Blown Away’

Taylor Swift is showing some love to Halsey.

Swift took to social media on Sunday (Aug. 29) to praise the 26-year-old singer-songwriter’s just-released fourth album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, which explores themes of pregnancy and motherhood.

“I’m blown away by @halsey’s artistry and commitment to taking risks,” Swift tweeted. “Giving us all a brave new era to dive into and explore together. If I can’t have love, I want power is out now- please stream and buy the album!!”

Halsey, who was obviously moved by the kind words, responded: “Thank you T … means so so much.”

This isn’t the first time the music stars have shown support for each another. Last year, Halsey sent a special thank you to Swift for spending her quarantine writing and releasing her surprise album, Evermore.

“I just love @taylorswift13 for committing to bringing so much magic to a time in which she knows so many of her fans may be suffering,” Halsey tweeted. “This is the least profitable era of music we’ve lived to see and she’s working very hard because it makes people happy. That’s really somethin’.”

Halsey also came to Swift’s defense when the “Willow” singer publicly accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of blocking her from performing her old music as part of their purchase of her masters.

Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, released Friday (Aug. 27) through Capitol, was executive produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The 13-track project features special guests Dave Grohl, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, The Bug’s Kevin Martin, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, Pino Palladino, Karriem Riggins and Meat Beat Manifesto.

Halsey has described the release as “a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth. It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months.”

See Swift’s tweet about Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power below.

Jay-Z Joined by Megan Thee Stallion, Swizz Beatz & More at 40/40 Club’s Anniversary Celebration

Nearly two decades ago, the iconic 40/40 club opened its doors in downtown Manhattan for the first time and has been the go-to spot for some of music’s most memorable nights ever since. Hip-hop icon Jay-Z threw an exclusive, star-studded celebration Saturday night (Aug. 28) to properly commemorate its 18th anniversary.

The 40/40 was temporarily shut down last year due to the ongoing pandemic, but recently reopened in early August. It’s currently in the process of filling 100 positions after hosting an open call for a combination of bartenders and food and beverage servers.

On Saturday, the blue carpet where guests were set to arrive was decorated with a lavish backdrop of various blue flowers stretching down to the club’s front entrance. A swarm of onlookers and fans crowded around the block hours before the event began. First on the scene was Lil Uzi Vert in punctual fashion, then closely followed by fellow artists like Pusha T, J Balvin, Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill and Vic Mensa — all of whom pulled up to support Jay-Z and the anniversary.

Swizz Beatz, fellow hip-hop staple and longtime close friend of Jay, arrived dressed for the occasion in a velvet suit. But before the red carpet photographers could fully snap their shots of his ensemble, the man of the hour Jay-Z arrived right behind Swizz with perfect timing and swiftly joined him on the carpet. Hov graciously thanked everyone for coming before smoothly walking into his club with Swizz, ready for the celebration to begin.

Even if someone hasn’t been to 40/40, it is nearly impossible to not know of its allure in the music world, thanks to the surplus of references sprinkled throughout verses from Jay himself as well as plenty of other artists. For Benny the Butcher, this was exactly the case as he stepped into 40/40 physically for the first time last night but had always heard the name in lyrics everywhere.

“This is actually my first time here, but the first thing that comes to mind is Beanie Sigel’s line, ‘I’m at the 40/40 with 40 on me,’” Benny tells Billboard. “It’s just so ingrained into New York culture.

For artists like Remy Ma, 40/40 is in her backyard, ensuring some of her most memorable moments were spent there. “My best memory from 40/40 was a few years ago when Fat Joe had his birthday party here,” she tells Billboard with a laugh. “He had Keith Sweat here and made him sing the same song for him 19 times in a row. I felt bad for him, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will never forget that day.”

In addition to the parties and listening events, 40/40 has been an instrumental part in hosting a variety of events that helped shape the culture. “My nonprofit that we started called IMPACT in DC, we did it here at 40/40,” political commentator Angela Rye reminisces as she tells Billboard about her first memory of the club. “Everyone was so kind and kind of was our entry into the New York scene. I’m happy for Jay and the success of the club years later.”

More guests were reunited with colleagues and friends they haven’t seen in months as the night went on. Inside, attendees enjoyed some nice picks from an assortment of D’usse cocktails on the menu as they came together to honor 18 years of 40/40.

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart After Vinyl Release

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour returns for a fifth week nonconsecutive, and total, week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, following its vinyl LP release on Aug. 20. It continues to have the second-most weeks at No. 1 in 2021, behind only Morgan Wallen’s 10-week run with Dangerous: The Double Album.

In the tracking week ending Aug. 26, Sour earned 133,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. (up 133%), according to MRC Data. Of that sum, album sales comprise 84,000 (up 1,201%), with vinyl LP sales equaling 76,000 of that figure (the second-largest sales week for a vinyl album since MRC Data began electronically tracking sales in 1991).

Also in the new top 10, the latest efforts from Trippie Redd and Lorde debut in the top 10, while deluxe reissues of Rod Wave’s SoulFly and TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s The Chaos Chapter: Freeze return to the to the region, and Aaliyah’s long out-of-print 1996 album One In a Million hits the top 10 for the first time following its reissue on Aug. 20.

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 Sept. 4, 2021-dated chart (where Sour returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Aug. 31. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Sour’s 133,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 26, album sales comprise 84,000 (up 1,201%), SEA units comprise 48,000 (down 3%, equaling 69.82 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 1,000 units (down 1%).

As noted above, vinyl LP sales drove 76,000 of Sour’s total sales in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 26. That marks the second-largest sales week for an album on vinyl since MRC Data began tracking sales in 1991. The only larger week was logged by the arrival of Taylor Swift’s Evermore on vinyl, when it sold 102,000 in the week ending June 3.

Like Evermore, Sour’s debut on vinyl came months after the album’s initial release via other formats. Evermore as bowed digitally and through streamers on Dec. 11, 2020, but its vinyl edition was not issued until May 28. Sour arrived via streamers and on CD, cassette and digital download on May 21, but did not hit vinyl until Aug. 20. By the time both Evermore and Sour were released on vinyl, they had months of pre-orders fueling their initial vinyl sales.

Trippie Redd logs his sixth consecutive, and total, top five-charting album as Trip at Knight debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It launches with 81,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 75,000 units (equaling 107.99 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks), album sales comprise 5,000 and TEA units comprise less than 1,000. The rapper previously visited the top 10 five times, all with top five-charting efforts: Pegasus (No. 2 in 2020), A Love Letter to You 4 (No. 1, 2019), I (No. 3, 2019), A Love Letter to You 3 (No. 3, 2018) and Life’s a Trip (No. 4, 2018).

Rod Wave’s former No. 1, SoulFly, rallies 38-3 after its deluxe reissue on Aug. 20 with nine additional tracks. The set earned 62,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 26 (up 350%), with nearly all of that sum driven by SEA units (61,000; up 349%). SoulFly was originally released as a 19-track album on March 26 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 dated April 10.

Doja Cat’s Planet Her falls 2-4 with 57,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%).

Lorde’s third full-length studio album, Solar Power, premieres at No. 5 with 56,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 34,000, SEA units comprise 22,000 (equaling 28.38 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise less than 1,000. Solar Power is the third top five effort for the singer-songwriter, who saw both of her previous full-length studio sets also reach the top five: Melodrama hit No. 1 in 2017 and Pure Heroine peaked at No. 3 in 2013.

A pair of former No. 1s are next on the Billboard 200, as Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever falls 1-6 in its fourth week (49,000 equivalent album units; down 18%) and The Kid LAROI’s F*ck Love dips 4-7 (48,000; down 7%).

TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s The Chaos Chapter: Freeze re-enters the chart at No. 8 with 47,000 equivalent album units earned (up 667%) following a deluxe reissue on Aug. 20 with additional tracks and new physical CD packaging. The set previously debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the June 19-dated chart.

Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album falls 5-9 with 42,000 equivalent album units earned (down 2%).

Aaliyah’s 1996 sophomore album, One In a Million, reaches the top 10 for the first time, as the set re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 10. The album was reissued on Aug. 20 after years out-of-print, and earned 26,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 26. Of that sum, album sales comprise 13,000; SEA units comprise 11,000 (equaling 14.29 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 2,000. One In a Million originally peaked at No. 18 on the Feb. 1, 1997-dated chart. The album is first of a series of reissues for the Blackground label, including other previously long-unavailable albums from Aaliyah, Ashley Parker Angel, Toni Braxton, JoJo, Tank and Timbaland (and Timbaland & Magoo).