Kanye West Scores Eighth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart with ‘Ye’
Kanye West is on top once again. The mercurial rapper-producer nabbed his eighth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his polarizing album, Ye.
The collection moved 208,000 equivalent album units in first week of release according to Nielsen Music. Of those totals, 85,000 were from traditional album sales.
West now ties with Eminem for the second-most No. 1 albums among hip-hop artists in the history of the Billboard 200 tally. Only JAY-Z is ahead of him with 14 No. 1s.
Most of his numbers comes from streaming. Of Ye’s first week units, 120,000 were SEA units. That sum equates to 180.1 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s seven songs during the tracking week (as each SEA units equals 1,500 on-demand audio streams). Each track, on average, garnered 25.7 million on-demand audio streams. So this places Ye as the seventh-largest debut streaming week of 2018. Considering Ye only has seven songs, this is an impressive feat.
Overall, Ye finished in fifth place with the biggest debut-streaming week for an album this year with 208,000 units. Ahead of him his Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy with 255,000 units, Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods with 293,000 units, J. Cole’s KOD with 397,000 units and at the top is Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys with 461,000 units.
Congrats to Kanye West!