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Pop Smoke Joins XXXTentacion, 2Pac and Biggie With Historic #1 Debut

Mahlik Campbell music /

Pop Smoke is a certified hip-hop legend. 🔥

Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 251,000 equivalent album units, the sixth biggest week of the year for any album.

The 19-song collection also amassed 268.44 million streams, only trailing Lil Uzi Vert's Eternal Atake and Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes for the most in a week in 2020.

With this milestone, Pop Smoke becomes just the fourth hip-hop artist to ever earn a posthumous chart-topping record.

Before him, XXXTentation, who was killed in a shooting outside of a motorcycle dealership in June 2018, was the most recent deceased act to go No. 1 with Skins in December 2018. His third studio album earned 132,000 equivalent units.

The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac also have three albums each that reached the lead spot after their deaths in 1997 and 1996 respectively.

The momentum surrounding Shoot For The Stars will continue to grow when the deluxe version eventually drops. Though no date has been revealed, the expanded edition will include at least eight songs, according to engineer Jess Jackson.

Unfortunately, the late Juice WRLD will soon join this list of talent that has dominated the Billboard album chart posthumously. His latest release, Legends Never Die, is reportedly tracking toward 400-440,000 units for its opening week along with over 400 million streams.

Juice is challenging The Weeknd's After Hours (444,000 units) for the largest 2020 debut. As mentioned, Lil Uzi's Eternal Atake holds the title for the most streams in a week with 376 million.

Regardless of where it lands, Legends Never Die has already made history, marking the biggest Spotify debut of the year with more than 73 million streams. "Conversations" also created the largest single-day stream debut for a song on the streaming service in 2020.