As forecasted, Kanye West landed his eighth consecutive No. 1 with the newly released, ye. The album which arrived 1 June topped the Billboard 200 Chart with 208 000 equivalent album units (85 000 of which were traditional sales) in the week ending 7 June.
By earning a No. 1 for the eighth time, Yeezy ties with Eminem for the second-most No. 1 albums by a hip-hop act; second only to Jay Z, of course, who boasts an insane 14 No. 1s.
All but one of Kanye’s albums debuted at the top spot and that album was his very first, The College Dropout. It debuted and peaked at No. 2.
There have been some major album debuts this year and ye joins that esteemed list with the fifth-largest sales figures in the first week. The four albums above him are Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (461 000), J. Cole’s KOD (397 000), Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods (293 000) and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (255 000 units).
Elsewhere on the chart, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys is sitting pretty at No. 2 while Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album crashes from No. 1 to No. 8 in its second week.
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I’m bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo