YoungBoy Never Broke Again, a 20-year-old Louisiana rapper who is a star attraction on YouTube — but who has been dogged by problems with the law — has claimed his first No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, as his latest mixtape, “AI YoungBoy 2,” streamed its way to the top.
Songs from “AI YoungBoy 2,” which was released through a deal with Atlantic Records, were streamed 145 million times in the United States last week, according to Nielsen. That made up the vast majority of the mixtape’s listening, with only about 3,000 copies sold as a complete package.
YoungBoy has had a quick rise, thanks in part to his popularity on YouTube. Those video clicks do not count on Billboard’s album chart, but last week YoungBoy did particularly well on Apple Music, with “AI YoungBoy 2,” topping that service’s overall album chart.
But his legal troubles have threatened to interfere with his career. Last month, YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered not to give any public performances for 14 months after a Louisiana judge found that he had violated his parole; in 2017 he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm.
Post Malone is No. 2 with “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” the R&B singer Summer Walker is No. 3 with “Over It” and DaBaby is in fourth place with “Kirk.” The rapper Lil Tjay opened at No. 5 with “True 2 Myself.” Last week’s top seller, “The 1st Mini Album” by the K-pop group SuperM, fell to No. 11.
On the Hot 100, Billboard’s singles chart, Lizzo’s song “Truth Hurts” returned to No. 1 for a seventh week, after a one-week dip when it was replaced by Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room.”
Last week Lizzo and her producer Ricky Reed were accused of taking the most memorable lyric in “Truth Hurts” — “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch,” a line that originated with a viral tweet — from an earlier songwriting session without crediting the other writers involved. Her lawyer denied the claim by those writers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen.