In its third week on the Billboard 200, A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s sophomore album, Hoodie SZN, rose one spot to top the chart. But here’s the catch: Only 823 copies of the full album were sold.
According to Billboard, the digital-only album actually sold “58,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending January 10,” which was “down less than one percent compared to the previous week.” So how did it only sell less than a thousand copies? Because fans were listening to the album through streaming services instead of purchasing it in its entirety via digital download.
As noted by The New York Times, songs from Hoodie SZN garnered a total of 83 million streams over the past sales week, which translated to about 56,000 streaming-equivalent albums (where one album unit equates to 1,250 streams for paid accounts, and 3,750 streams for ad-supported ones, according to Billboard guidelines).
The remaining units comprised actual sales, made up of track-equivalent albums (where ten sold tracks equate to one album unit) and the 823 purchases of the entire album. That number, unfortunately, clinched A Boogie the dubious record for lowest-selling number one album.
A Boogie’s record made headlines across the internet, inciting discussion about the music landscape’s shift towards streaming, especially in the realms of R&B and hip hop—according to Digital Music News, the two genres make up a third of all music streamed in America.
Reaching the peak of the Billboard 200 is normally a celebratory occasion, but the record-setting number dulled the Bronx rapper’s moment. A Boogie, however, had choice words for those who took the opportunity to mock him. “It sound like they trying to discredit me. I’mma keep it a buck,” he told Everyday Struggle soon after news broke. “But at the same time it’s like, I don’t give a fuck because I just went brazy.”
Stream Hoodie SZN below: