Kid Cudi Thanks Fans After Massive Charts Success of ‘MOTM III’ Vinyl

Kid Cudi’s most recent album, the still-in-heavy-rotation Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, has bagged multiple chart re-entries (and an all-new placement) thanks to the current strength of vinyl sales.

The album—boasting fittingly dreamlike cover art from Sam Spratt—is at No. 13 on the current Billboard 200 ranking, marking a re-entry on the albums chart. Previously, the album peaked at No. 2. It has now spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart since its December 2020 release.

Meanwhile, on the latest Top Album Sales chart, MOTM III sits at No. 4. For Billboard’s Vinyl Albums ranking, the franchise-continuing album marks its first entry chart with a No. 2 debut, bested only by Adele’s 30 in the top spot. Better still, Chart Data pointed out on Tuesday that MOTM III has bagged a new Nielsen record for the largest vinyl sales week for a male artist and a rap-categorized album with 41.5K in units sold.

Cudi, who can currently be seen in Netflix’s unsettlingly accurate apocalypse comedy Don’t Look Up, promptly commemorated the above news with a “Holy FUCK!!!” on Twitter.

Over on Instagram, Cudi shared “love” for all who bought a physical copy of MOTM III. “This is HUGE,” he said. “I wanna thank everyone who went out and copped the vinyl! This is all because of YOU!”

2021 has been a banner year for Cudi and his fans. Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists for 10 Oscars categories, including Original Song. The Mad Solar co-founder appears twice in that category, with one mention each for his Don’t Look Up-featured Ariana Grande duet “Just Look Up” and the Jay-Z collab “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall.

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