Moneybagg Yo Reaches No. 1 With ‘A Gangsta’s Pain’


Hip-hop and country music top the Billboard album charts this week, with Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo opening his first # 1 album and Eric Church in the top 5.

Moneybagg Yo, who has released four studio albums and a number of mixtapes for nearly a decade – many of which reached the top 10 – finally hit the top with “A Gangsta’s Pain,” which featured guest appearances by Pharrell Williams. Future, Lil Durk and others. “A Gangsta’s Pain” opened for the equivalent of 110,000 sales in the US, most of which were due to 147 million clicks on streaming services, according to MRC Data. (The album also sold 4,000 copies as a package.) Responding to news of his performance on Instagram, Moneybagg Yo said, “Feel crazy, I’m forever grateful, Tho!”

“Slime Language 2”, the new project by Atlanta rapper Young Thug and his label Young Stoner Life, which topped the charts last week, fell to number 2. “Dangerous: The Double Album” by country singer and songwriter Morgan Wallen, which had a 10-week run in 1st place earlier this year, remains a steady hit and is 3rd in its 16th week.

At number 4 is the debut of “Soul” by country star Church – the accompanying album to “Heart”, which opened at number 5 last week. According to Billboard, it is the first time since the Future albums “Future” and “HNDRXX” four years ago that an artist has had top 10 debuts in a row. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” dropped one place to 5th place.



Robert Dunfee