Kanye West's 'Yeezus' tops album chart
For some historical context, that’s the biggest week for a rap album since 2011, when Drake moved 631,000 units of Take Care.
As for West’s own discography, Yeezus marks the rapper’s sixth consecutive album (Watch the Throne included) to premiere at No. 1; only his very first album, 2004’s The College Dropout, debuted outside the top spot (it bowed at No. 2). It’s also his lowest selling debut week: his last solo record, the 2010 opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, topped the chart with 496,000 in its first week.
Still, Yeezus‘ performance was strong enough to make it the year’s third-highest sales week for an album, bested only by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).
West wasn’t the only rapper to have a big debut this week. Jay-Z protege J. Cole landed at No. 2 with Born Sinner, selling 297,000 copies, while Mac Miller steered his sophomore effort Watching Movies With the Sound Off to the No. 3 slot, with 102,000 sold. And behind the boys was Kelly Rowland, whose fourth album Talk a Good Game debuted at No. 4, with 68,000.
Rounding out the top 5 is the last frame’s chart-topper, Black Sabbath’s 13, with 46,000 in its second week. Daft Punk’s RAM is still holding strong, too, landing at No. 6 with 40,000. Elsewhere, Hunter Hays saw his self-titled album jump from No. 80 to No. 7 (40,000) thanks to a deluxe reissue; Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times slots at No. 8 (33,000); JT’s 20/20 chills at No. 9 (32,000), and Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions re-entered the top 1o (26,000).