Pop Smoke Joins Tupac, Biggie & XXXTentacion With Posthumous No. 1 Debut

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The late rapper and icon of Brooklyn drill Pop Smoke further cemented his legacy last week with his posthumous debut album. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, now one of just a few posthumous albums to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Pop Smoke joins the ranks of the Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, and XXXTentacion, whose Skins album was the chart’s last posthumous No. 1.

Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon dropped on July 3 and included guest features from several notable artists, including Quavo, Lil Baby, Future and 50. The album moved approximately 251,000 total album equivalent units in its first week. The sixth biggest debut of 2020 and largest posthumous opening since Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009. In addition to debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, all 19 tracks from the LP have charted on the latest Hot 100.

Pop Smoke’s murder is currently unsolved, but there’s been some movement in his homicide case. On July 9, the Los Angeles Police Department took five people into custody — including two juveniles — after serving multiple search warrants.

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