Late rapper Juice WRLD is making history months after his untimely passing at the young age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die, has officially become the most successful posthumous album release of the last two decades in the US.
Legends Never Die was released on July 10 and has since amassed the largest first week sales of 2020, as it earned 497,000 equivalent album units in the US (equating to 422.63 million on-demand streams of the tracks on the album), in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Prior to Juice, Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death held the top spot with 690K, followed by 2Pac’s 1997 R U Still Down, with 549K.
Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, LND replaces Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, another posthumously-released project, making it the first time the top two spots are occupied by posthumously released albums. Juice’s newest release marks the late artist’s second No. 1 album, following his 2019 release Death Race for Love. According to Billboard the album also secured the biggest week for a Hip Hop album or by a male artist in nearly two years following Travis Scott’s 2018 release of Astroworld.
Juice WRLD's mother Carmela Wallace shared her joy on the album's success and her wishes for the future in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter, ”The overwhelming love that millions of music fans clearly have for Jarad reminds us how much his poetic words, creativity, and bright light continues to shine throughout the world," Wallace said. "This first collection of songs is a poignant reminder of his great artistic talent and emotional honesty. Music was his passion and recording gave him the outlet to share everything he was going through.”
She continued: "In addition to his music, Jarad's legacy will continue to provide help to young people through his Live Free 999 Foundation. We are incredibly grateful to the fans who continue to uplift him every single day and our hope is that his words touch your life in a way that helps you through any challenges you may be facing.”