Big Sean comes out on top.
Big Sean is, quietly, one of the biggest powerhouses in rap.
The rapper’s latest album, Detroit 2, was the no. 1 album in the country this week. According to Billboard and Nielsen Music, the album moved 103,000 equivalent album units earned in the US for the week ending September 10. It is the third straight solo Sean album to debut at no. 1, following 2017’s I Decided and 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise.
After Detroit 2 went number 1., Big Sean wrote a touching tribute on Instagram.
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Thank you! I sacrificed my privacy, I put so many emotions and lessons I learned the hard way into this music and gave a honest glimpse into my heart! it wasn’t easy, nights I thought of Offing myslef cause Life was too heavy, but the lock in was worth it! Had to remember if I’m still here and so many aren’t, it’s for reason. My goal was to inspire YOU to turn yourself up in all ways, Mind, Body, n Soul. Life isn’t promised as we can see, so HAVE FUN and thank you so much for the #1 album for a 3rd time in a row! Let’s KEEP GOING, Why Would I stop?! #Detroit2 🌹🌍✊🏾🔥💙🐐🙏🏾🔂
But, more importantly, than just Big Sean going no. 1, Detroit 2 blocked another album from taking the top spot. 6ix9ine’s TattleTales was released the same day as Detroit 2. Early reports had 6ix9ine’s album going no. 1, moving around 150,000 units in its first week. It turns out those early reports were off by about 100,000.
Disgraced rapper 6ix9ine debuted at no. 4. on Billboard, moving 53,000 albums. In fact, 6ix9ine got outsold this week by two posthumous releases: Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, which came in at No. 2, and Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die which was at No. 3. 6ix9ine’s low number comes despite the fact he had two songs crack the top 5 on the Hot 100 Charts — “Gooba” which went to no. 3 and “Trollz” which debuted at no. 1 — and the fact that he sold merch bundles for his album.
Quite the drop for the rapper who has been trolling the whole rap game since he came home from prison in April. 6ix9ine has released a number of videos responding to the disappointing sales. First, he put out a video complaining about the lack of promotion. Then he released another video mocking his low sales. In the video he’s tearing down Tattletale posters.
Rounding out the hip-hop-heavy top 10 were releases from Lil Baby (My Turn at No. 7), Rod Wave (Pray 4 Love at No. 8), DaBaby (Blame It on Baby at No. 9) and Post Malone (Hollywood’s Bleeding at 10).