Needless to say, the project had a big first week. It moved 255,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 12, reports Billboard. The only LP with a bigger week in 2018 is Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods which gathered 293,000 equivalent album sales.
Of Bardi’s first-week sum, 103,000 were in traditional album sales. That marks the biggest sales week for an R&B or hip-hop album to date this year.
With the positioning of her debut album, Cardi reaches some Billboard milestones and joins elite company. She becomes only the fifth female rapper to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the others being Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill.
Bardi knocks out Lil Uzi Vert (Luv Is Rage 2) for the most biggest streaming week for a debut studio album. IOP also had the seventh largest streaming week ever. As previously reported, the album already broke Apple Music’s record for the most streamed album in a week by a female artist, eclipsing a mark previously held by Taylor Swift.
The album has been getting good reviews, with Kathy Iandoli noting in her critique of the LP for XXL, “Invasion Of Privacy sounds incredibly well thought-out. The beats were strategically chosen, the lyrics and hooks carefully constructed. Invasion Of Privacy was not slapped together, yet punches anyone in the face for doubting Cardi B.”
Cardi performs Sunday (April 15) at the 2018 Coachella Festival.
See New Music Releases for April 2018