Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' didn't make the cut after he pulled it from TIDAL shortly after it debuted.

By Eric Renner Brown
February 22, 2016 at 03:40 PM EST
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After a brief absence, Adele has retaken the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The 151,000 equivalent album units the megastar earned with her blockbuster 25 helped her third studio effort achieve its ninth nonconsecutive week atop the list, and two significant factors bolstered its cause: Adele’s Grammys performance and Kanye West’s decision to withdraw his new album, The Life of Pablo, from the TIDAL store soon after its release. (The streaming service has not announced how many copies of Pablo were sold while it was available for purchase.)

Adele enjoyed a sales bump after the Grammys, as did some of her fellow performers. Adele’s 151,000 equivalent album units marked a 25 percent sales increase, while Justin Bieber — who took the stage to play recent hits with Skrillex and Diplo — saw his November album Purpose rise from fifth to second on the chart with 84,000 units sold. Bieber’s 15 percent increase contrasts with Rihanna’s sales of January’s Anti, which dropped 18 percent for 79,000 units sold, keeping her at third place; vocal troubles forced the singer to cancel her Grammys appearance shortly before the ceremony.

25 was bumped from the No. 1 spot for two weeks — first by Anti, then Future’s Evol — for two weeks — but prior to that, the album had topped the chart for a week after one week stints by Panic at the Disco!’s Death of a Bachelor and David Bowie’s Blackstar.

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