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Future ousts Rihanna from atop the Billboard 200 chart


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Arguably, at the moment, there may be no other rapper as hot as Future.

The Atlanta based rapper’s latest album, Evol, registered 134K equivalent albums (100K pure sales) in its debut week to land atop the Billboard Top 200 chart, marking the third No. 1 album in seven months for the 32-year-old artist. It has been just over six months since his first chart topper, DS2, dropped back in August. That effort was followed by his collaborative album with Drake, What  A Time To Be Alive, which catapulted up the chart in its opening week this past October.

Future’s hat trick of No. 1 albums in a seven month span is the quickest to be done since the cast of Glee pulled it off in one month in 2010. However, if you disqualify their group efforts and look to a single musical act hitting that mark, you’d have to go all the way back to the 1960s when multi-instrument musician Herb Alpert scored three No. 1 albums between November 1965 and May 1966.

Perhaps making Future’s feat even more amazing is the fact that Evol was an Apple Music exclusive and was only available via Apple and iTunes.

Elsewhere on the chart, Adele climbed a notch from last week to land at number two while last week’s number one album, Rihanna’s Anti, fell to number three. Coldplay undoubtedly benefitted from their Super Bowl performance exposure as their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, rocketed up the list to the number four position all the way from number sixteen. And rounding out the top five this week is Justin Bieber’s critically acclaimed LP, Purpose. Also making their debuts in the top ten this week were Wiz Khalifa’s Khalifa, the Now 57 compilation, and Elton John’s Wonderful Crazy Night, as they charted at number six, seven, and eight, respectively.

Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.

1. Future – Evol

2. Adele – 25

3. Rihanna – Anti

4. Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams

5. Justin Bieber – Purpose

6. Wiz Khalifa – Khalifa

7. Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 57

8. Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night

9. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

10. Kevin Gates – Islah