Bieber drops on album charts

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On this week’s album chart, rapper and singer Rod Wave started at No. 1 with “SoulFly,” which had the equivalent of 130,000 sales, including 189 million streams and 4,000 copies sold as a complete package.اضافة اعلان

Two other new albums landed high on the chart. Michigan rapper NF is No. 3 with “Clouds (The Mixtape),” with the equivalent of 86,000 sales, and Carrie Underwood’s “My Savior” — with versions of hymns like “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art,” in time for Easter — starts at No. 4 with 73,000.

Last week’s top album, Justin Bieber’s “Justice,” fell to No. 2, and Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which dominated the album chart for 10 weeks at the start of the year, fell two spots to No. 5 in its 12th week out.

When the country singer-songwriter Morgan Wallen released “Dangerous: The Double Album” in early January, it seemed, the New york Times, wrote, destined to be a hit. 

But ten weeks later, after a code-red industry scandal over Wallen’s use of a racial slur that almost ended promotion of the album, “Dangerous” remained No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. No album had opened with a longer chart run since Whitney Houston’s “Whitney” in 1987, which spent its first 11 weeks at No. 1 and featured blockbuster radio singles like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “So Emotional.”

However, “Dangerous” benefited from poor competition. That is often the case in the winter doldrums, when few big-name artists release new albums.