‘UTOPIA’ pushes Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘The Pink Tape’ off the top spot.
Travis Scott has broken records with his fourth studio album ‘UTOPIA’, which is now deemed the biggest hip-hop release of the year so far. On July 28, the Houston-born rapper dropped his highly-anticipated album, featuring Beyoncé, Teezo Touchdown, Drake and more on the star-studded 19-track album. It was the follow-up to the ‘Antidote’ rapper’s Grammy Award-nominated third album ‘Astroworld’.
‘UTOPIA’ has broken many records since it dropped. In its first week, the album sold 496,000 album units and amassed over 650 million streams globally, topping the charts in 17 countries. This succeeds the success of Lil Uzi Vert‘s ‘The Pink Tape’, which was the highest-grossing hip-hop album before ‘UTOPIA’, selling 167,000 units in its first week.The album’s physical sales reached 252,000 units, making it the second-biggest first-week physical sales for an album this year. Taylor Swift‘s ‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’ has the biggest first-week sales of 2023 so far with 716,000 album-equivalent units, including 507,000 album sales.
Also, Apple Music and Spotify claim that the album earned the highest first-day streams for an album in 2023 on the platform. The latter confirmed that the record was streamed 128 million times on its first day and 79 million on its second day, which is bigger than the first day of any other rap album in 2023. According to Hot New Hip Hop, the Drake-assisted ‘MELTDOWN’ currently accounts for 10% of all ‘UTOPIA’‘s streams.