Kanye West’s No. 1 Billboard Debut is Actually Historical

Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” has finally arrived on Billboard 200. The album, which was first dropped exclusively on Tidal in February before being made available on other streaming services a few weeks ago, enters the chart at No. 1 with 94,000 equivalent album units collected in the week ending April 7.

According to Nielsen Music, 28,000 of that sum are in pure album sales. The other 66,000, around 70% 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 U.S. in the past week. The number doesn’t include track equivalent album (TEA) since the songs off the record aren’t available for individual purchase.

Billboard notes that “Pablo” is the first album to hit No. 1 on the chart with a majority of its units stemming from streaming. It’s officially become West’s seventh studio installment 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.

Here are other albums on the list:

“The Life of Pablo” – Kanye West (94,000)
“Traveller” – Chris Stapleton (73,000)
“Lukas Graham” – Lukas Graham (59,000)
“Weezer (White Album)” – Weezer (49,000)
“Twenty88” – Twenty88 a.k.a. Big Sean and Jhene Aiko (49,000)
“Anti” – Rihanna (48,000)
“Mind of Mine” – Zayn Malik (44,000)
“Purpose” – Justin Bieber (41,000)
“25” – Adele (36,000)
“Blurryface” – Twenty One Pilots (30,000)

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