Astroworld (album)

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Studio album by Travis Scott
Released August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)
Recorded 2016 – July 2018
Length 58:33
Travis Scott chronology
Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
Alternative cover
"Night" version cover
"Night" version cover
Singles from Astroworld
  1. "Butterfly Effect"
    Released: May 15, 2017
  2. "Sicko Mode"
    Released: August 21, 2018

Astroworld (stylized in all caps) is the third studio album by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released on August 3, 2018, by Grand Hustle Records, Epic Records and Cactus Jack Records. The album follows his second studio album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), and his collaborative album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho (2017) with Quavo. The album features guest vocals from Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Drake, The Weeknd, James Blake, Swae Lee, Gunna, Nav, 21 Savage, Quavo, Takeoff, Juice Wrld, Sheck Wes and Don Toliver, among others. Production was handled by multiple high-profile producers, including Mike Dean, Allen Ritter, Hit-Boy, WondaGurl, Tay Keith, Tame Impala, Frank Dukes, Sonny Digital and Thundercat.

The album was supported by two singles, "Butterfly Effect" and "Sicko Mode". Astroworld received rave reviews from critics and performed well commercially, debuting atop the US Billboard 200 with 537,000 album-equivalent units, of which 270,000 came from pure sales. On August 10, 2018, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


The title of the album was announced in May 2016,[2][3][4] and initially teased for a 2017 release.[5] The album title is named after the closed-down theme park Six Flags AstroWorld located in Houston, Texas. In a 2017 interview with GQ, Scott spoke on the title of the album: "They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space. That's what it's going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That's why I'm doing it. It took the fun out of the city."[6] Scott described the album as a continuation of his debut album, Rodeo (2015), stating: "My whole idea was, if you locked into Rodeo, you definitely locked into Astroworld. I'm just finishing the saga I started on my first album. This is supposed to be my second album. I had to go quick, because like I said, I had all these ideas, I just had to get off real quick, but now I'm finally back home with Astroworld."[7]


Recording for the album took place between 2016 and 2018, with Travis Scott posting updates through social media.[8][9][10] In July 2018, it was reported that Scott was completing the album in Hawaii with a variety of recording artists and producers, such as Mike Dean, Nav, Frank Dukes, Sonny Digital, WondaGurl, Sheck Wes, Gunna, Wheezy, Don Toliver, Allen Ritter and Amir "Cash" Esmailian.[11][12][13]


Astroworld has been noted as a hip hop album, incorporating elements of trap and psychedelic music.[1][14][15] "Stargazing" has been described as a "psychedelic trap" song,[16] while "Coffee Bean" is said to inhabit "old school hip hop territory with a blissed-out funk guitar."[17] The song "Skeletons" has been labelled as "kaleidoscope-pop" by Pitchfork that draws lyrical influences from Kanye West.[1]


The cover was shot by American photographer David LaChapelle, and features a giant golden inflatable of Scott's head as the entrance to an amusement park, with children, parents, and park employees in front of it. A second cover features the same amusement park entrance at nighttime, replacing the family-friendly features with adult-themed content.[18][19] On August 1, transgender model Amanda Lepore, who is a known collaborator with LaChapelle, questioned why she had been excluded on the final version of the second cover.[20] LaChapelle later responded, stating that it was due to Lepore upstaging the other models on the cover.[21]

Release and promotion[edit]

In May 2017, Scott uploaded three songs to SoundCloud—"A Man", "Green and Purple" featuring Playboi Carti, and "Butterfly Effect".[22] "Butterfly Effect" was released on May 15, 2017, for streaming and digital download as the album's lead single.[23] The single, "Watch" featuring Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert, was released on May 4, 2018.[24]

On July 27, 2018, a giant sculpture of Scott's head appeared on top of a Amoeba Music store in Los Angeles.[25][26] Multiple copies of the sculpture appeared in various other locations, including Scott's hometown of Houston, Texas.[27][28] After significant internet speculation, the release date for Astroworld was announced on July 30, 2018, through social media, alongside an album trailer.[29][30]

The release was followed by an episode of Wav Radio on Beats 1 with Chase B. Three songs were premiered that did not make the final track listing: "Houdini" featuring Playboi Carti, "Zoom" featuring Gunna, and "Part Time".[31] A music video for the song "Stop Trying to Be God" was released on August 6, 2018, directed by Dave Meyers.[32]

"Sicko Mode" will be sent to rhythmic contemporary radio on August 21, 2018, as the album's second single.[33]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Consequence of SoundB[14]
Entertainment WeeklyB[15]
The Independent5/5 stars[17]
NME5/5 stars[39]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[40]

Astroworld was met with rave reviews from critics.[42] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 84, based on 17 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[35] Jordan Bassett of NME gave Astroworld a perfect rating, praising the album's guest appearances and noting "Stop Trying to Be God" as "a record of extraordinary prowess", while describing "Coffee Bean" as "a moment that encapsulates the scope and ambition of Astroworld." Bassett concluded: "This is the sound of a musician who has worked to forge an entire world, an empire, around himself – we can peer in, but from afar, guessing at his motives and life behind the velvet rope."[39] With similar acclaim, Kassandra Guagliardi of Exclaim! concluded that Astroworld "shows the evolution of Travis Scott as an artist and is his most refined, imaginative, and rage-worthy project yet."[36] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent described Astroworld as "a futuristic record with virtually flawless production, that lingers on the mind long after the final track" and labelled it Scott's "most career-defining work to date."[17] For Consequence of Sound, Wren Graves wrote that Astroworld is "an album full of infectious flows and atmospheric beats."[14] Thomas Hobbs of Highsnobiety stated that Astroworld "will be remembered as the moment Travis Scott produced a piece of music worthy of the riots he is capable of inducing. It's a wildly entertaining circus ride. Travis Scott desperately needed a great album to justify the hype, and with Astroworld, he just might have a classic."[43]

Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork labelled Astroworld as Scott's strongest album to date, stating that "his skill as a curator helps sculpt a sticky, humid, psychedelic world with dazzling production and odd pleasures at every turn", although considered Scott to "play ringmaster to his neon-decayed circus of sound rather than become the main attraction."[1] For Rolling Stone, Christopher Weingarten complimented the first half of the album, though considered the second half to be weaker in comparison: "Unfortunately, Scott doesn't keep the envelope pushing up for the whole album: a seven-song stretch in the back end is vintage Travis with its zoned-out, hypnotic throb. However, the rest marks the most interesting music of his career, Scott no longer just looking the part of a brilliant artist, but sounding like it too."[40]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Travis Scott's home country of United States, Astroworld debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 537,000 album-equivalent units, which included 270,000 pure album sales.[44] The album scored the second-largest first week of the year, behind Scorpion by Drake, and second-largest pure album sales week of the year, behind Dave Matthews Band's Come Tomorrow.[44] The album earned 349.43 million streams in the first week, marking fifth largest streaming week ever.[44][45] It serves as Scott's second number-one album in the United States.[44] Following the release, all 17 tracks on the album entered the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Sicko Mode" (at 4) and "Stargazing" (8), which made Scott the fourth act to have debuted multiple songs in the chart's top 10 simultaneously.[46]

On August 10, 2018, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.[47]

In Australia, Astroworld opened atop the ARIA Albums Chart, becoming Travis Scott's first number-one on the chart.[48] Two tracks "Sicko Mode" (at 7) and "Stargazing" (10) charted in the top ten of the ARIA Singles Chart, marking the rapper's first top ten songs in the country.[49] In Canada, Astroworld sold 27,000 album-equivalent units in its opening week.[50] It serves as Scott's first number-one album in the country.[50] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart, becoming the rapper's first top ten album on the chart.[51] As well as the album, the three tracks "Sicko Mode" (at 9), "Stargazing" (15), and "Carousel" (29) charted in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, while the lead single "Butterfly Effect" previously reached number 57 on the chart.[52]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[53]

3."Sicko Mode"
4."R.I.P. Screw"
5."Stop Trying to Be God"
  • J Beatzz
  • Travis Scott
  • Dean
  • Cubeatz[b]
6."No Bystanders"
7."Skeletons"Tame Impala2:25
8."Wake Up"
  • Webster
  • Tesfaye
  • Adam Feeney
  • Rupert Thomas
  • Nima Jahanbin
  • Paimon Jahanbin
  • Dean
9."5% Tint"
  • Webster
  • Roberts
  • Young
  • Dean
FKi 1st3:16
  • James
  • Turbo
13."Can't Say"
  • Webster
  • Feeney
  • Uwaezuoke
  • Don Toliver
  • Oshunrinde
  • London Cyr
  • Dean
  • WondaGurl
  • Frank Dukes
  • Cyr[b]
14."Who? What!"
15."Butterfly Effect"
  • Webster
  • Thomas
  • N. Jahanbin
  • P. Jahanbin
  • Sevn Thomas
  • Wallis Lane
17."Coffee Bean"
Total length:58:33


Sample credits


Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[61] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[62] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[63] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[64] 2
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[65] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[66] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[67] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[68] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[69] 4
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[70] 32
Irish Albums (IRMA)[71] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[72] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[73] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[74] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[75] 39
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[76] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[77] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[78] 3
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[79] 2
US Billboard 200[44] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[80] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[47] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various August 3, 2018
September 14, 2018 CD [81]
September 28, 2018 Vinyl [82]


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