The Biggest Album Debuts of 2018: U.S. Chart

Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums every week since March 1956. They include the sales numbers for the albums that make the top ten, but don’t offer a way to view the biggest sales numbers for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the first week sales of every album of 2018.

NOTE: This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart.

Last updated (12/10): Meek Mill, Lil Baby, 6ix9ine, The 1975, Ski Mask the Slump God

Artist Album First Week Sales
Drake Scorpion 732,000
Travis Scott Astroworld 537,000
Lil Wayne Tha Carter V 480,000
Post Malone beerbongs & bentleys 461,000
Eminem Kamikaze 434,000
J. Cole KOD 397,000
Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods 293,000
Dave Matthews Band Come Tomorrow 292,000
Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty 266,000
Cardi B Invasion of Privacy 255,000
Ariana Grande

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Sweetener

‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack

231,000 (1) (2)
Mumford & Sons Delta 230,000
Meek Mill Championships 229,000
Kanye West ye 208,000
Migos Culture II 199,000
Nicki Minaj

BTS

Queen

Love Yourself: Answer

185,000 (1) (2)
Jason Aldean Rearview Town 183,000
Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes 182,000
Panic! at the Disco Pray for the Wicked 180,000
twenty one pilots Trench 175,000
The Weeknd My Dear Melancholy 169,000
Logic YSIV 167,000
Various Artists ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack 154,000
Paul McCartney

Cher

Egypt Station

Dancing Queen

153,000 (1) (2)
Keith Urban Graffiti U 145,000
Kids See Ghosts

5 Seconds of Summer

Kids See Ghosts

Youngblood

142,000 (1) (2)
BTS Love Yourself: Tear 135,000
XXXTentacion ? 131,000
Fall Out Boy

Lil Baby & Gunna

Mania

Drip Harder

130,000 (1) (2)
Jack White

Kane Brown

Boarding House Reach

Experiment

124,000 (1) (2)
The Carters

Andrea Bocelli

Everything is Love

123,000 (1) (2)
Camila Cabello

Logic

Camila

Bobby Tarantino II

119,000 (1) (2)
Eric Church Desperate Man 116,000
Lauren Daigle Look Up Child 115,000
Michael Bublé Love 111,000
Dierks Bentley The Mountain 102,000
Brockhampton Iridescence 101,000
Quavo

Metro Boomin

Quavo Huncho *

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

99,000 (1) (2)
Future & Juice Wrld WRLD ON DRUGS 98,000
Josh Groban Bridges 94,000
Imagine Dragons Origins 91,000
Various Artists The Greatest Showman: Reimagined 89,000
Breaking Benjamin

Lil Baby

Ember

Street Gossip

88,000 (1) (2)
Greta Van Fleet Anthem of the Peaceful Army 87,000
Florence + The Machine

Trippie Redd

High as Hope

A Love Letter to You 3

84,000 (1) (2)
6ix9ine Dummy Boy * 83,000
Lil Peep Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 81,000
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers 2 80,000
Russ Zoo 79,000
Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 3 78,000
Pusha T

Nas

Kenny Chesney

6LACK

Daytona

Nasir

Songs for the Saints

East Atlanta Love Letter

77,000 (1) (2) (3) (4)
A$AP Rocky Testing 75,000
Steve Perry Traces 73,000
Trippie Redd

Troye Sivan

Life’s a Trip

Bloom

72,000 (1) (2)
Lil Baby

Five Finger Death Punch

Disturbed

Harder Than Ever

And Justice for None

Evolution

71,000 (1) (2) (3)
Ella Mai Ella Mai 69,000
A Perfect Circle

Christina Aguilera

Eat the Elephant

Liberation

68,000 (1) (2)
Bridges

Ghost

Mac Miller

6ix9ine

The 1975

Good Thing

Prequelle

Swimming

Dummy Boy (first three days)

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

66,000 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
Above & Beyond

Lil Yachty

Common Ground

Lil Boat 2

64,000 (1) (2)
David Byrne

Gorillaz

American Utopia

The Now Now

63,000 (1) (2)
Thirty Seconds to Mars

for KING & COUNTRY

America

Burn the Ships

62,000 (1) (2)
Playboy Carti Die Lit 61,000
Shinedown Attention Attention 60,000
Rich the Kid The World is Yours 59,000
Various Artists

Charlie Puth

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ soundtrack

Voicenotes

58,000 (1) (2)
Rae Sremmurd

Future

Joji

SR3MM

Beastmode 2

BALLADS 1

57,000 (1) (2) (3)
YG Stay Dangerous 56,000
6ix9ine Day69 55,000
John Prine

Tory Lanez

Janelle Monáe

Tory Lanez

The Tree of Forgiveness

Memories Don’t Die

Dirty Computer

LoVE me NOw?

54,000 (1) (2) (3) (4)
Nipsey Hussle Victory Lap 53,000
Mariah Carey

Ski Mask the Slump God

Caution

Stokeley

51,000 (1) (2)
Cole Swindell

Khalid

All of It

Suncity

50,000 (1) (2)
Kacey Musgraves

Judas Priest

Ozuna

Takeoff

Golden Hour

Firepower

Aura

The Last Rocket

49,000 (1), (2) (3) (4)
Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino 47,000
$uicideboy$ I Want to Die in New Orleans 46,000
Dan + Shay

Why Don’t We

Dan + Shay

8 Letters

44,000 (1) (2)
Brandi Carlile

YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Juice Wrld

By the Way, I Forgive You

Until Death Call My Name

Goodbye & Good Riddance *

43,000 (1) (2) (3)
Young Thug Slime Language 41,000
Scotty McCreery

Godsmack

Seasons Change

When Legends Rise

40,000 (1) (2)
Jimi Hendrix Both Sides of the Sky 37,000
NAV Reckless 36,000
Pentatonix

Tom Petty

PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1

An American Treasure

34,000 (1) (2)
Tee Grizzley

Jason Mraz

Activated

Know

33,000 (1) (2)
Lord Huron

Lake Street Dive

Vide Noir

Free Yourself Up

32,000 (1) (2)
The Decemberists I’ll Be Your Girl 30,000
Halestron Vicious 29,000
Lil Xan

Vance Joy

Total Xanarchy

Nation of Two

28,000 (1) (2)
Meek Mill

Daughtry

Legends of the Summer

Cage to Rattle

26,000 (1) (2)
Various Artists Now That’s What I Call Music! 65 25,000

A * indicates an album’s first full tracking week.

Juice Wrld debuted at no. 15 with two days of activity.

Quavo debuted to no. 66 with one day of activity.

6ix9ine debuted to no. 2 with three days of activity with Dummy Boy. The album’s first full week charted at no. 3. Both numbers are represented above.

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