As Cardi B’s debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, she becomes just the fifth female rapper ever to lead the list, and the first to do so since 2012. (Comparably, in the last 12 months, seven different male solo rappers have led the tally.)
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 21-dated chart (where Cardi B debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 17.
Cardi B follows Nicki Minaj (with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012, and Pink Friday in 2011), Eve (Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, 1999), Foxy Brown (Chyna Doll in 1999 and the collaborative album The Firm in 1997, with Nas, AZ and Nature) and Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 1998).Cardi B is also the first female rapper to debut at No. 1 with her first studio set since Eve’s Let There Be Eve in 1999.
Cardi B’s album was led by a trio of top 20-charting hits from the set on the Billboard Hot 100: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (No. 1 for three weeks), “Bartier Cardi” (No. 14) and “Be Careful” (a debut at No. 16 on the most recently published Hot 100, dated April 14).