Travis Scott pulled off the unexpected, as his Astroworld album has held off the first-week push of Nicki Minaj‘s Queen LP to retain its No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
For the second week in a row, La Flame did big numbers. According to Nielsen Music, Astroworld‘s numbers were down 62 percent for the week ending in Aug. 16. But that was still enough for the Texas rapper to move 205,000 equivalent album units. He was able to move 78,000 in traditional album sales, down 71 percent.
Nicki put up a valiant effort in the first week of the release of her Queen LP, enough to nab the No. 2 spot. She raked in 185,000 equivalent album units, with 78,000 of the sum being traditional album sales. This marks back to back No. 2 debuts for Nicki whose The Pinkprint also debuted in the same slot in Jan. 2015, after her first two albums reached the peak in the first week. Queen‘s tally is the second biggest debut week from a female rapper in 2018, following Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album (255,000 units).
Drake’s Scorpion album is still holding strong, having been pushed to the No. 3 spot, after spending five weeks on the mountaintop before being dethroned by Travis.
La Flame is currently prepping his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour and will be hitting up cities like Miami, Atlanta, New York, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more.
At any given moment in time, Nicki Minaj is feuding with at least one other celebrity, whether that be over perceived disses or awards-show nominations or simple misunderstandings. And while no drama from this week can eclipse whatever’s going on with Azealia Banks, Grimes, and Elon Musk, the ongoing feud between Minaj and Travis Scott has been steadily growing as everyone from Kylie Jenner to Ariana Grande has gotten involved. Below, a guide to this week’s second-best celebrity drama.
The public feud started on Sunday, August 19, when Scott’s Astroworld took the No. 1 spot ahead of Minaj’s new album, Queen, which prompted an aggrieved tweetstorm that took Scott and Jenner as its victims. Apparently, Minaj was upset with Jenner for promoting her fiancé’s Astroworld tour packages — which include tickets, T-shirts, the album — to her 113 million fans on Instagram. Because of this, Minaj argued that Scott’s sales via Jenner shouldn’t count toward his Billboard ranking because Jenner suggested that Astroworld concertgoers may be able to see baby Stormi from afar.
“I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi,” Minaj tweeted. “lol. I’m actually laughing.”
And then things got weird at the MTV Video Music Awards.
So Jenner and Scott were supposed to sit almost directly behind Minaj at the VMAs, which took place the day after Minaj’s tweetstorm; before the awards show, though, the couples’ seats were mysteriously moved. (TMZ reports that Scott requested this.) While Jenner and Scott were clearly trying to avoid a run-in with Minaj, Jenner found herself in dangerous proximity to the female rapper on the red carpet, prompting her to do an incredibly obvious U-turn away. And then after Scott’s performance that night, he bragged, “Astroworld, No. 1 right now!” which was almost certainly a jab at Minaj.
The following day, Minaj joked on her Beats 1 show, “Queen Radio,” that the real beef was between her and Jenner’s 6-month-old daughter. She probably wasn’t teasing when she later declared that “Travis Scott gets Hoe N*gga of the Week by a landslide,” though. Eek.
Actually … no. On Thursday, Minaj told her fans, “For the record, I fucking love Kylie, and that’s not gonna change,” on “Queen Radio.” “She has been put in an awkward situation.”