Travis Scott's Astroworld is spending a second consecutive week at No. 1, despite a challenge from Nicki Minaj.
Even with a 62% drop from last week's debut, Astroworld's 205,000 equivalent album units is enough to fend off Minaj's newly released Queen, which is debuting this week with 185,000 units in its first week, both albums including about 78,000 in traditional sales.
For Scott, this has been his second No. 1 album in a row, following 2016's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which also topped the Billboard 200, the U.S. album chart. Coincidentally, this is also Minaj's second No. 2 in a row, as her last album, The Pinkprint, also reached the second-place slot on the charts.
As Billboard notes, it's worth mentioning both Queen and Astroworld got a boost from concert ticket plus album packages, which included a copy of the respective record with the purchase of tickets for the artist's tour.
While the No. 2 start is surely disappointing to Minaj, as demonstrated by her hyper-defensive tweets Sunday afternoon following this week's chart news, it's unlikely Queen would have a better shot on next week's charts, as Ariana Grande's Sweetener is almost certainly the frontrunner to take on Astroworld.