Fresh off the release of BALLADS 1, 88rising artist Joji has landed the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This accomplishment makes him the first Asian-born artist to top the list. BALLADS 1 has also debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart this week.
In regards to his historic chart placement, Joji made the following statement in a press release: “I was eating a thin slice of cheese when I received this news. I smiled and swallowed the cheese. A big thank you to the fans who constantly support. Take care of the environment.” He also published an image of the accolade on Instagram with the caption “CAME A LONG WAY BABY. 3X CARDBOARD. 7X STYROFOAM WE LIT. THANK YOU FOR THE CONSTANT SUPPORT I LOVE U GUYS.”
For those who weren’t previously, BALLADS 1 places an emphasis on the struggle of change. The album is told from multiple perspectives, based on both people in Joji’s life and imagined. The debut album also reflects Joji’s evolution as an artist, following his 2017 debut EP In Tongues.
In other news, Sheck Wes dropped a video for “Wanted.” Peep it right here.