Eminem earns his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his surprise release Kamikaze debuts at No. 1. The set, which was released without warning on Aug. 31 via Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, earned 434,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 6, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 252,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 15-dated chart -- where Kamikaze debuts at No. 1 -- will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Kamikaze’s start of 434,000 units blows past the launch of Eminem’s last album, Revival, which entered at No. 1 with 267,000 units (197,000 in album sales) on the chart dated Jan. 3, 2018.
Of the 434,000 units, traditional album sales comprised 252,000, while TEA units equaled 14,000 and SEA units totaled 168,000.