Post Malone breaks streaming records with new album Beerbongs and Bentleys

Rapper/singer topped the charts in the US and the UK

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Monday 07 May 2018 11:05
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Rapper/singer Post Malone performs onstage at Coachella festival, 21 April 2018
Rapper/singer Post Malone performs onstage at Coachella festival, 21 April 2018

Post Malone's new album Beerbongs & Bentleys has broken a streaming record and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, as well as scoring a No.1 album in the UK for the first time.

According to Billboard, Malone - real name Austin Post - set a new record for most streams in a week and established the best-selling week of 2018.

The rapper's album opened with 461,000 total copies in its first weekend of release, with the majority coming from the record-breaking 288,000 streaming equivalent albums.

In total, tracks from Beerbongs & Bentleys were streamed over 431m times, storming past the previous record of 385m which was held by Drake for his album More Life in 2017.

Including the SEAs, Beerbongs & Bentleys marked the best sales week on the Billboard 200 since Taylor Swift went instant-platinum with reputation in November 2017.

However Billboard noted that Malone's opening week stats would have been lower if the album was released after 29 June, when Nielsen's metrics in measuring SEAs change.

Elsewhere in the UK, The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which has enjoyed 14 non-consecutive weeks at No.1, dropped to No.2, while pop singer Anne-Marie entered with her new album Speak Your Mind at No.3.

Rock band Blossoms saw their second album Cool Like You at No.4; George Ezra's Staying At Tamara's fell from No.4 to No.5, and Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer reached No.8 (her previous best in the UK was No.14 for 2013's The Electric Lady).

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