Chance the Rapper’s debut album, The Big Day, dropped on July 26th, and was among the industry’s most anticipated 2019 releases. A somewhat bloated offering at 22-tracks, 77-minutes, The Big Day has received criticism for its singular family-focused content, lacking the conceptual diversity and intrigue that once made Chance a star. Not only has his “big day” been spoiled by fan and critical backlash, it’s also officially come in second for first-week numbers behind NF’s The Search.
The 28-year-old Michiagn-born rapper came through with his 20-track album on the same day as Chance’s The Big Day, marking his fifth studio album, and has officially gone number-one on the Billboard 200. Following his 2017 album, Perception, which is certified Platinum, The Search edged out The Big Day by 12,000 album equivalent units, moving a total of 130,000 — 84,000 of those units were from pure album sales; 12,000 pure albums comprised Chance’s total 108,000 equivalents. The Search is NF’s second number-one album.
Considering Chance’s superstar power, omnipresence, and transcendent talents, it’s an impressive feat for NF, who seems poised to enjoy a bright musical future.
The Search was anchored by lead singles: “Why”, “The Search”, “When I Grow Up”, and “Time”.
Congrats to NF.
Listen to both albums below: