With multiple classic albums under his belt, Kanye West’s first week numbers are always expected to be quite big. While his new project, Jesus Is King, was expected to claim the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, he’s now officially done it. West has now earned his ninth consecutive No. 1 album, matching Eminem’s record for the most consecutive No. 1 first-week’s on the same chart.
West moved a total of 264,000 units in his first week, not to mention the impressive 109,000 units units of pure album sales. This is huge, considering that music nowadays is streamed more than it is bought. The Chicago rapper now has the second-largest sales week of the year for an R&B/Hip-Hop album, only listing behind Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding.
West’s 2004 classic, College Dropout is the only Kanye album to miss the No. 1 album mark, peaking at No. 2. Both Eminem and Kanye still behind Jay-Z’s total of 14 No. 1 albums, though they were not all consecutive.
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