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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Kanye West’s ‘Pablo’ Suffers 95% Sales Drop In 2nd Week

Rihanna Rebounds Into Top 5

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In addition to earning his 8th consecutive chart-topper on the Billboard 200, ‘Ultralight Beam’ beau Kanye West saw his latest effort, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ beam in history books as the first album to top the chart based on streaming ‘sales’ alone.

The feat, all the more impressive considering how long the project has been “available” to consumers (in limited capacity), the set’s #1 “debut” was a firestarter of convo for critics opposed to the industry’s streaming rules given its low traditional album sales (28,000).

Now, in its second week of wide availability, the album has taken quite the tumble on the sales front. Selling a measly 1,000 copies (you read that right), ‘Pablo’s buoyancy on the Billboard 200 continues to be based on streaming.

Get the details on this, Rihanna’s rebound, and the full Billboard 200 chart check below:

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Kanye West Sued By Fan Over TIDAL

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TIDAL is once again in the spotlight for a less than favourable reason.

This time it’s Kanye West and his album, ‘The Life Of Pablo,’ at the centre of the drama.

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Chart Check[Hot 100]: Kanye West Ties Ray Charles’ Record With 75th Hit

News Comes As Rihanna Challenges Beatles Hot 100 Record With Her Latest #1

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Roc Nation is ruling the charts thanks to the latest efforts of Kanye West and Rihanna.

Rih, as we reported here, nabbed her 8th week at #1 on the Hot 100 this week with her hit ‘Work.’  The feat not only gave her the second longest run atop the chart of her career, but also saw her tie The Beatles for second longest collective weeks on the singles’ chart summit.

But, just as #TheNavy continue to sing her praises for matching rock group’s legendary record, music’s other top story of the week is her Roc Nation brother Kanye who, Billboard reports, similarly challenges the Hot 100 of another music pioneer – Ray Charles

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Azealia Banks Sinks Claws Into Kanye West / Claims Rapper Is “Closeted”

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Azealia Banks is back at it.

Following a brief break from Twitter, the fiery femcee returned last night and immediately begun sparring with any and everybody.

One of the many names in her firing line was rapper Kanye West, who the New Yorker took particular aim at.

Claiming that they once shared a mentor/mentee type relationship, Banks narrated her fall-out with ‘The Life Of Pablo’ MC. She also mused on his sexuality.

Her words, as ever unfiltered, below…

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The Numbers Are In: Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’ Sold…

Rapper Nabs 8th Consecutive Reign Atop Billboard 200

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‘Heartless’ hitmaker Kanye West has seen his latest opus, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ get a new heartbeat last week after gaining its long-awaited wide release.

The Grammy winning rapper may have initially protested against the idea, but after some strong encouragement from talent manager extraordinaire, Scooter Braun, West opened up to a more commercial roll out of his latest project – to much fanfare.

After weeks of availability being limited to Tidal stream and his official web site, granted access to Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming services has seen ‘Pablo’ pop right to the top of the Billboard 200 as the first album in history to reign based on streaming ‘sales’ alone (as reported here).

After weeks of illegal streaming that have reportedly passed the 500,000 mark, see its final official first week numbers below:

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Report: Kanye West Makes History As First To Top Billboard 200…On Streaming Alone

Rapper Bests Rihanna For Highest Percent of 'Sales Equivalence' Made Up By Streams

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Music lovers who thought Kanye West‘s latest album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ was dead on arrival after a mucky mess of a rollout will be stunned to know the album has been given a major lifeline.

For, after weeks of only being available via Tidal stream and his official web site, the Grammy winning rapper finally made the project accessible to Spotify, Pandora, and other major streaming vendors.

The result?

The streams alone will see him shoot to #1, as predicted, on next week’s refreshed Billboard 200!  Kanye isn’t exactly known for flashing an award-winning smile, but the news below just may give him new reason to today:

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Kanye West A Top Contender For Next Week’s #1 Spot

Album On Pace To Make History-Making Dash To The Top

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Much like his ‘FourFiveSeconds’ co-star Rihanna, the campaign surrounding Kanye West‘s latest opus, ‘The Life Of Pablo,’ has been a rollercoaster to say the least.

Despite being greeted by critical acclaim from music industry insiders to fans alike, the album’s sales have been…umm…interesting considering it’s only been available for stream via Tidal and for purchase via his own official web site.

Well, that was, until last week.

Now with spins being earned on Spotify, Apple Music, and more, West may very well be ready to see that “rollercoaster” ride him right to the top of the Billboard 200.  Challenging next week’s top contenders for the spot – Zayn Malik, Jhene Aiko/Big Sean, and Rih, ‘Pablo’ is set to see new life breathed into it.  The feat, if accomplished, will be accompanied by some history-making news:

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