King Von’s Debut Album Reaches the Top 5 After His Death
Late last month, the 26-year-old Chicago rapper King Von released his debut studio album, “Welcome to O’Block,” and it landed at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart — a modest but impressive showing for a young performer still making his way up.
But just a week after his album came out, King Von, whose real name is Dayvon Bennett, was shot and killed in a brawl outside an Atlanta nightclub. As tributes poured in on social media, streams for “Welcome to O’Block” grew, and in its second week out the album has climbed to No. 5 with the equivalent of 44,000 sales in the United States, up 69 percent from its first week, according to Nielsen Music.
Ariana Grande’s latest release, “Positions,” holds at No. 1 for a second week, with the equivalent of 82,000 sales, down 53 percent. Pop Smoke’s posthumous “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” — a steady hit since July — rose one spot to No. 2 in its 19th week out.
The Kid Laroi, an Australian rapper, landed at No. 3 with an expanded reissue of his mixtape “____ Love,” which first came out in July. The country star Luke Combs’s “What You See Ain’t Always What You Get” (a deluxe version of his year-old album “What You See Is What You Get”) is No. 4.
Nav, a Canadian rapper who over the last year and a half has landed two No. 1 albums thanks in part to zealous marketing through merchandise bundles, opened at No. 6 with a new mixtape, “Emergency Tsunami”; Billboard stopped counting albums sold with merchandise bundles last month.
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