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The album is the singer’s third to reach the top of the Billboard 200, bumping Travis Scott to No. 2.
“Astroworld” holds atop the Billboard 200, fending off “Queen” in its debut week. Ms. Minaj complained that industry maneuvering cost her the top spot.
The rapper’s double LP is up to 1.8 billion streams in the United States, but it faces competition next week from Travis Scott’s “Astroworld.”
The independent Concord Music bought the catalog of the New York salsa label that defined the genre in the 1960s and ’70s in a deal estimated at $30 million.