Chance the Rapper’s first official “owbum” came up a little short.
The Big Day charted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart based off its first-week album sales, since dropping on July 26. Chance the Rapper’s first studio album (to be sold) moved 108,000 album units which is still a pretty solid first week.
But Michigan rapper NF cruised to No. 1 on the charts with his fourth album titled The Search which sold 130,000 units, according to Billboard. This is the second number-one album for NF.
Chance’s recent effort was met with mixed reviews which may or may not have played a part in him missing that number one spot. The 22-track project covers a variety of genres and topics with features from big names like Megan Thee Stallion, Timbaland, Gucci Mane, and Nicki Minaj. The Big Day had a tough act to follow after Chance’s Coloring Book won him a Grammy in 2017.
But Chance is taking ‘The Big Day’ on the road no matter how high the charts. Last week the Chicago rapper announced a 35-city nationwide tour that’s to start in San Francisco on September 14.
The Big Day’s performance was an improvement over Coloring Book which entered at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 charts in 2016. However, the mixtape was only available on Apple Music before the rest of the streaming platforms could get ahold of it. Coloring Book became the first streaming-exclusive project to chart on a Billboard list.