Eminem has scored a trans-Atlantic double after taking Kamikaze to the top of both the U.K. and U.S. albums charts.
The rap superstar became the first artist to boast nine consecutive chart-toppers in Britain on Friday, when his latest release shot to number one, and on Sunday, he matched the record on the Billboard 200.
Only JAY-Z has more first-placed debuts in the U.S. with 14.
Kamikaze, which dropped without fanfare on 31 August, sold 434,000 equivalent units, easily eclipsing the launch of his last project, Revival, which hit number one with 267,000 units at the end of 2017.
The achievement makes Eminem the fourth artist of 2018 to have two albums lead the Billboard 200 in less than a year, joining BTS, Logic, and Migos, while it’s also the fourth-largest week for an album so far this year.
Kamikaze’s popularity keeps Travis Scott’s Astroworld in second place, while Drake’s Scorpion also stays put at three.
Pop star Troye Sivan earns his highest chart position yet with Bloom entering the countdown at four, and his Dance To This collaborator Ariana Grande rounds out the new top five with Sweetener.