Today, Billboard refreshed its weekly US Top 200 chart and Future officially became the first musician to knock his own album out of the number one position with another one of his albums. He released the self-titled FUTURE on 17th February and one week later he dropped another second album named HNDRXX, the new title holder. Future is the only artist the chart’s half-century history of existence to ever debut two back-to-back number one albums.

Until 2014 December, Billboard’s Top 200 chart, assessed new music in the US only by album sales. They retrieve their info from data juggernaut Nielsen. When music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, came into the mainstream, Nielsen and Billboard revamped their system to be based off ‘units’.

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Future just like fellow streaming enthusiast, Chance the Rapper, has attracted a huge audience from streaming who listen to his music for free. One week after FUTURE album was released, the songs were streamed 109 million times, meaning they counted for 73,000 ‘streaming-equivalent units,’ compared to 67,000 album sales and ‘track-equivalent units’

Album sales are becoming extinct. Through computing music streams against album and song sales, Billboard’s charts are giving new power to a rising set of productive, streaming-focused artists free from traditional timelines. Future is the first of many.

songs were streamed 109 million times, meaning they counted for 73,000 ‘streaming-equivalent units,’ compared to 67,000 album sales and ‘track-equivalent units’

Album sales are becoming extinct. Through computing music streams against album and song sales, Billboard’s charts are giving new power to a rising set of productive, streaming-focused artists free from traditional timelines. Future is the first of many.