The rapper Future scored his sixth No. 1 album in less than four years, matching Elton John’s early 1970s chart run and bringing an apparent end to the music industry’s post-holidays sales doldrums.
Future’s new album, “The Wizrd” (Freebandz/Epic) — its full title is “Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd” — opened with the equivalent of 126,000 sales in the United States, which includes 144 million streams and 15,000 copies sold as a full album, according to Nielsen.
Since Future’s album “DS2” in July 2015, all six albums he has released — including “Evol,” “Future,” “Hndrxx” and “What a Time to Be Alive,” with Drake — have gone to No. 1. According to Billboard, that matches a feat last seen on the chart with John’s six albums from “Honky Château” in spring 1972 through “Rock of the Westies” in fall 1975.
Also this week, Maggie Rogers, the former New York University student whose work went viral while still in the classroom, opened at No. 2 with her major-label debut, “Heard It in a Past Life” (Capitol). Although the album’s streaming numbers were modest, at 14 million, a ticket bundle deal helped her move 37,000 copies of the full album.
Last week’s top album, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” — which two weeks ago reached the top with a historically low sales number — fell to No. 3, while the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack is No. 4, and 21 Savage’s “I Am > I Was” is in fifth place.