Lil Uzi Vert has earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with LUV Is Rage 2. Following initial sales reports from Hits Daily Double, Billboard has shared the official numbers for Uzi's new release, which comes in at 135,000 equivalent album units, 28,000 of which in traditional sales. Uzi's sales come primarily from Streaming Equivalent Album units. His 100,000 SEA is the highest for an album since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. achieved 105,000 in its third week on the charts. It is the third highest SEA total in a week behind Drake's More Life (257,000) and Kendrick's debut week (227,000).
Controversial South Florida rapper XXXTentacion comes in at No. 2 with his 17 album, which has sold 87,000 units, with 18,000 of that figure sold traditionally. Meanwhile, A$AP Mob's Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2 debuts at 6 with 41,000 album equivalent units (7,000 in traditional sales).
Uzi has revealed that he has plans to release a rock album in the near future. When asked by Zane Lowe whether or not Uzi would still drop the project if it's "Absolutely terrible," he replied: "I don't know. It's kind of hard for it to be bad because I don't really be looking at my songs like they're good or bad. So when I put 'em out, someone accepts them."
As for LUV Is Rage 2, Uzi recently stated that the goal of the long-awaited album was to teach the younger generation about songwriting structure. "2 was made for our youth," tweeted the rapper. "so they can learn how to format real songs."
You can watch Uzi's recent interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 radio here. As of publication, Uzi's "Sauce It Up" and "The Way Life Goes" are both within the top 5 of SoundCloud's Top 50 chart. It seems likely that one of the two songs will be selected as the next single from the album. Earlier this year, Uzi's "XO Tour Llif3" became his highest-charting solo single, peaking at No. 7 on the Hot 100. Previous to that, he appeared on Migos' "Bad and Boujee," which reached No. 1 on the chart.