Kanye West’s new album hits No.1 at Billboard 200

Los Angeles, April 11 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West’s new album “The Life of Pablo”, which was first unveiled on music streaming service site Tidal in February, has entered the Billboard 200 chart at No.1 with 94,000 album units collected in the week ending April 7.

Billboard notes that “The Life of Pablo” is the first album to hit No.1 on the chart with a majority of its units stemming from streaming, reports aceshowbiz.com.

It has officially become West’s seventh studio instalment to land atop the list, following 2013’s “Yeezus”, 2011’s “Watch the Throne” (a collaboration with Jay-Z), 2010’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, 2008’s “808’s & Heartbreak”, 2007’s “Graduation” and 2005’s “Late Registration”.

“The College Dropout” remains the rapper’s only full length to miss the No.1 spot. His debut set opened and peaked at No. 2 back in 2004.

According to Nielsen Music, 28,000 of that sum are in pure album sales. The other 66,000, around 70 percent of the total sales, are generated by streaming equivalent albums (SEA). It means the album’s tracks were streamed over 99 million times in only the US in the past week.

However, the number doesn’t include track equivalent album (TEA) since the songs of the record aren’t available for individual purchase.

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