André 3000’s ‘New Blue Sun’ Outperformed 2023 First Week Sales for Lil Wayne, Nas, and More

The instrumental project debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard 200, moving 24,244 album-equivalent units in its opening week.

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André 3000's new instrumental flute album has delivered impressive numbers on the Billboard charts.

As reported by Hits Daily Double, New Blue Sun debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 this week after moving 24,244 album-equivalent units.

Even more, 3 Stacks' latest offering managed to outsell recent albums from rappers such as Lil Wayne, Nas, Kodak Black, Westside Gunn, Ice Spice, Lil Tjay, and more.

Rappers Andre 3000 outsold w/ his flute album (24k)

Nas (17k)
Logic (18k)
Lil Tjay (22k)
EST Gee (17k)
Ice Spice (15k)
Lil Wayne (19k)
Kodak Black (23k)
Macklemore (22k)
Rae Sremmurd (18k)
Westside Gunn (20k)
French Montana (21k)
Real Boston Richey (15k)
Yo Gotti x DJ Drama…

— Hip Hop By The Numbers (@HipHopNumbers) November 25, 2023
Twitter: @HipHopNumbers

New Blue Sun's impressive performance on the charts expands to the Billboard Hot 100, where the eight-track project's opening song, “I Swear, I Really Wanted To Make A ‘Rap’ Album But This Is Literally The Way The Wind Blew Me This Time," debuted at No. 90 on the chart.

Billboard Hot 100: #90(new) I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a 'Rap' Album but This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time, André 3000.

— chart data (@chartdata) November 27, 2023
Twitter: @chartdata

Released on Friday, New Blue Sun arrives 17 years after the release of Outkast's final album, Idlewild. The album sees André playing the flute alongside featured musicians such as Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina, Deantoni Parks, Diego Gaeta, Matthewdavid, V.C.R, Diego Gaeta, Jesse Peterson, and Mia Doi Todd.

Though André doesn't rap on the project, some of the artist's hip-hop peers have already requested a different spin on the LP, with Paul Wall asking his Twitter followers to hook him up with a chopped and screwed version, and Snoop Dogg expressing his desire to rap on Dem Jointz's remix of the opening track.

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