Mixtape, playlist or compilation album – what’s the difference?
These days, on streaming services, not much. But whatever you call it, “Slum Language 2”, the new project by Atlanta rapper Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, is No. 1 on the album chart.
According to MRC data, Billboard’s tracking arm, the latest version of the “Slum Language 2” Billboard 200 is equivalent to 113,000 sales in the United States. This total depended largely on streams – 143 million of them – while full album sales topped 6,000 copies.
Credited to the young thugs and various artists – many from under the thugs ‘YSL umbrella – “Slim Language 2” includes 23 songs from the Atlanta rappers’ mix-and-match collection such as Lil Baby, Gunna, Lil Cade, Lil Duke and Unfunak, and fewer local guests such as Drake, Big Sean and Lil Uzi Vert. (A week after the album’s release, a deluxe version of the album added eight more tracks to a total of 31.)
The first week’s streams for “Slime Language 2” – the sequel to the compilation released in 2018 – match the first week of Taylor Swift for her recorded version of “Fearless”, with which No. 1 was also a hit. Largest number of the year. This week, “Fearless (Taylor’s Edition)” peaked at No. 2 with 57,000 in sales equal to 80 percent.
The rest of the top 5 include Semi-sided country singer Morgan Wallen“Dangerous: The Double Album” at No. 3; “Justice” at number 4 by Justin Bieber; And, in his chart debut, “Heart” at number 5 by Eric Church.