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NF Upsets Chance the Rapper With a No. 1 Debut for ‘The Search’

Aug 05, 2019 - The New York Times

Chance the Rapper’s “The Big Day” opened at No. 2 and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” notched an 18th week at No. 1 on the singles chart.

This week’s Billboard album chart featured two unusual contenders for the top spot: a pair of independent rappers, each heavily influenced by their Christian faith, who did well on streaming services but also moved thousands of albums by bundling them with deals for merchandise, concert tickets and even Lyft rides.

In the end, the victor ...