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Machine Gun Kelly Leads a Shake-Up at the Top of the Billboard Chart


Almost a decade ago, Machine Gun Kelly emerged from Cleveland with an aggressive rap style and a rock ’n’ roll attitude. Now, with his first No. 1 album produced in part by Travis Barker of Blink-182 — and a social media feed filled with Oasis and Paramore covers — he has seemingly completed his transition into the realm of Day-Glo pop-punk.

“Tickets to My Downfall,” Machine Gun Kelly’s fifth studio album, opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s chart with the equivalent of 126,000 sales in the United States, leading a slew of high-charting new releases. The full take for “Tickets” included 81 million streams and 63,000 copies sold as a full album, according to Nielsen Music.

The K-pop group SuperM debuted at No. 2 with “Super One,” its first full LP, which had the equivalent of 104,000 sales. Machine Gun Kelly and SuperM are among the last to benefit from the “bundling” of their albums with sales of merchandise; after much controversy, Billboard said it would no longer allow albums from such deals to count on its charts, effective this week.

Joji, a singer-songwriter and former YouTube comedian, opened at No. 3 with “Nectar,” while the veteran alt-metal band Deftones arrived at No. 5 with “Ohms,” its ninth studio album. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” is No. 4.

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore,” which last week notched its seventh time at No. 1, fell to No. 7 in its 10th week out.



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