Post Malone's pretty-well-assured No. 1 album was just that, coming in at the top spot of the Billboard 200 in its first week of chart eligibility.
Hollywood's Bleeding goosed its streaming numbers a bit by corralling previous hits like "Sunflower" and "Wow" alongside newer climbers like "Goodbyes" and "Circles," leading to an absolutely massive first-week in streaming numbers. Posty's album was credited with 365.4 million on-demand streams in its first week, the best such numbers this year for any album. That was good for 289,000 equivalent album sales. Malone also notched 200,000 actual album sales in the release's first week for a combined equivalent album unit total of 489,000. This is the second-best of any album released this year and handily beats Malone's last release, beerbongs & bentleys.
Malone previously said that Bleeding is his attempt to move in a slightly different direction from his previous work and bring the fans along with him. Barring the old tracks placed in the track listing, Malone said that Hollywood was him going on a tear in a new sound he likes.
"I'm making things work in a way that I don't want to alienate fans of my music but at the same time I want to do something weird and funky," Post said in an interview with Zane Lowe. "I think this record, the new record is something super epic and I think it's really cool. I think I'm really catching a groove and just giving the best I can."