Young Thug's JEFFERY mixtape arrived last Friday (Aug. 26) to much hype, and this week it scores the No. 8 position on Billboard's 200 albums chart. The project sold 37,000 copies first week, 18,000 of those being traditional sales while the rest were from streaming.

Thug's first week numbers may be encouraging to some and perhaps a little low for others, but looking at the history of his first week sales, they seem consistent with his trajectory.

Barter 6, the first major release with his label 300 back in April 2015, sold 19,000 first week. (Fans might remember that project leaking a day early.) A massive leak of Thug's recordings followed, and so began the Slime Season series, a reactionary move made in order to organize the best of the leaks into real projects. I'm Up was his next retail release in early 2016, selling about 21,800 copies first week, and Slime Season 3 came a few months later, selling 38,300 copies first week. 37,000 units for JEFFERY is more or less in line with SS3. 

JEFFERY also marks Thug's third top 40 debut for this year, as I'm Up came in at No. 22 back in February while SS3 slid into the charts at No. 7.

Late last night (Sept. 5), Thug tweeted his support for Lil Wayne, who scared everyone in the rap industry when he hinted at retiring over the weekend. "I promise I’m holding u down no matter what… fuck the world and what they think\feel I’m with u for life, ur the reason I rap,” wrote Thug. “I just wish u could love me the way I love u big bro… ur my idol for life and I hope ur sorry for bashing me, not knowing how much I love u.”

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