Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Is Number One
The rapper’s sixth solo studio album, which has yet to release an official first single, beat out three other newcomers of the week: J. Cole’s Born Sinner (297,000), Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With the Sound Off (102,000) and Kelly Rowland’s fourth studio release Talk a Good Game (68,000).
Still, Yeezus’ debut holds the title for the year’s third best week in sales, behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).
Whether it was the leak or the current state of the music industry (or the beastly powers of JT and Daft Punk), West’s latest performance on the charts is also a far cry from his masterpiece in 2010. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which sold some 496,000 copies in its first week, went on to sell some 1.3 million units in the U.S. alone.
Next up for summer music releases: Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which will officially drop on July 7 -- three days after some one million Samsung customers will have a first listen through an app. (But Billboard won’t be counting those early numbers).