With all the buzz surrounding Kanye West’s Yeezus lately, it comes as no surprise that the release topped the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Everyone wants to know if Yeezus is as godlike as its creator claims and it’s selling out like hotcakes – whatever those are. In any case, Yeezus has shifted around 327, 000 copies in its first week – not exactly topping Kanye’s 2007 success with Graduation, but it was enough for the album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard, which is still pretty respectable. Those numbers also place Yeezus as the third bestselling album of the year – behind Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339, 000).
These days, Yeezy has a lot to celebrate.
Congratulations, Kanye! Despite what some of the songs claim, it isn’t exactly a godlike performance, but still – a solid week for West, who should probably be cut some slack, He is a newly appointed dad, after all. Following closely in the chart is – surprise, surprise – J Cole’s Born Sinner with 297, 000. Not a bad debut for what can be considered the rapper’s breakout album. Though for those, who were pitting Yeezus against Born Sinner, it’s pretty obvious who is winning at this point.
Despite the comparisons, J Cole follows as a not-so-close second.
Rounding out the Top 3 is another rap release Mac Miller’s rather creatively titled Watching Movies With the Sound Off with 102,000. It’s been a good week for rap apparently. Kelly Rowland’s fourth studio release, Talk a Good Game, comes in at No 4. coincidentally, but with significantly lower numbers - just 68, 000 copies sold, compared to Rowland’s last studio release Here I Am, which shifted 77, 000 copies in its first week.
Oddly enough, it's Mac Miller rounding out the Top 3.