Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly has a bunch of reasons to smile from ear to ear right now. The hip-hop star has celebrated earning his first-ever Billboard 200 chart-topping release with Tickets to My Downfall bodying the competition.
Machine Gun Kelly Tops Billboard 200 Chart
Kelly’s new studio effort won fans across the globe over with over 120,000 first-week sales. Machine’s new rock-inspired album comes packed with guest features and ultimately gives MGK a career milestone.
Machine Gun Kelly lands his first Billboard 200 No. 1 album with Tickets to My Downfall, selling a career-best 126,000 equivalent album units. Machine Gun Kelly delivers the first rock album in 2020 to top the Billboard 200. Executive produced by luminary Travis Barker, MGK’s fifth studio album bests his 2012’s Lace Up and 2015’s General Admission, which both debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The album features collaborations with Halsey, Trippie Redd, Iann Dior and blackbear. Lauded by Billboard for its “dazzlingly effective songs” and Vulture for its “punk rock excellence,” MGK’s fifth studio album has propelled him into a bonafide superstar in the rock world.
Kelly made sure to celebrate the huge achievement with a must-see Instagram clip.
“WE DID IT. #1 album. 126,000 units first week. to the fans + EST you really made it happen the way we talked about 10 years ago. today is a celebration. sorry random car ????” -Machine Gun Kelly’s Instagram
Diddy Celebrates Machine Gun Kelly’s Success
Bad Boy Records head Diddy made sure to show his protégé some serious love and attention. Puff Daddy went to his Instagram page with a huge salute on MGK rocking out to a chart-topping debut.
“Beyond proud of you @machinegunkelly and your musical journey to find your truth! Congrats to you and your team on your first NUMBER ONE album #TicketsToMyDownfall!!! I told you that once you stopped giving a fuck it will all come together. Love you bro keep being fearless and pushing culture forward. You officially brought Rock back…a true Rockstar” -Diddy’s Instagram
MGK’s New Album Cover
Recently, Kells went to his social media pages to deliver some must-see artwork. His new album cover shows a sketched version of MGK falling – shirtless – into an abyss.
With his star power exponentially growing at lightning speed, Machine Gun Kelly looks to seize the moment again with his forthcoming fifth studio album Tickets to My Downfall. Executive produced by Travis Barker, MGK’s 15-track collection will house features from Halsey, Trippie Redd, blackbear, and Iann Dior. For fans eager to figure out the tracklist for MGK’s upcoming effort, all 15 songs will be revealed individually on bus benches throughout Los Angeles, creating a scavenger hunt frenzy for his zealous supporters. Only available at Target, Tickets to My Downfall will exclusively include four bonus tracks “misery business,” “roll the windows up,” “in these walls (my house),” featuring PVRS, and “love on the brain.”
The big reveal even sparked a few reactions in his comments section. West Coast rapper G-Eazy shared a co-sign and MGK’s longtime friend Halsey also showed him some attention.
“forget u ?” -Halsey
A VMAs Night To Remember
The big announcement came days after Kelly performed at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. MGK also shocked the world by picking up a huge Best Alternative Video award.
On Sunday (Aug. 30), Machine Gun Kelly broke new ground with his versatility following his show-stealing performance at the 2020 VMAs. After receiving effusive praise from Billboard, Vulture, and Esquire for his high-octane medley of “my ex’s best friend” and “bloody valentine,” MGK also became the first artist to win Best Alternative Video in 22 years for the latter. He’s also savoring his success on Billboard, with “my ex’s best friend” peaking this week at No. 7 on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, and “bloody valentine” inching its way to No. 11. The former has over 40 million streams globally since its initial release last month.
Following his big win, Kelly went to his social media pages to acknowledge the huge achievement.
“pretty much waited my entire life just to say: WE WON A F*CKING VMA!!!! ???? i was flying in to pick up my fathers ashes when i got the news that we were nominated, so it was bittersweet. then i found out that it was a fan voted award and from the first day y’all were like “we got this” and you really did it. i’m honored to share this moment with you. thank you. thank you. what the f*cking f*ck. @vmas @mtv” -Machine Gun Kelly’s Instagram