…and this week’s chart figures are in!
That’s right, if you’ve been dying to see how new releases from Kelly Rowland, J.Cole and Kanye West would fare today, look no further!
We’ve got all their numbers waiting for you below!
1. Kanye West- ‘Yeezus’
First Week Sales Figure: 328,000 units.
2. J.Cole – ‘Born Sinner’
First Week Sales Figure: 297,922 units.
4. Kelly Rowland – ‘Talk A Good Game’
First Week Sales Figure: 65,913 units.
Well done to all!
Of course, while it was Kanye who came in at #1, the real success story here lies in Cole’s ‘Born Sinner‘- only 30,078 units away from snatching the #1 spot from West and reigning supreme as this week’s highest selling album.
When one considers the power that lies in West’s brand and in his hold over the buying public, ‘Sinner’s feat is nothing short of impressive, scoring mass commercial and critical acclaim while West could only nab the former.
With the world now tuned into his cause, here’s hoping a real effort is made to push the album to Platinum status before its first birthday and- if his fans have their way- nab him multiple Grammy noms for the well received project.
Side note: In occupying the #1 and 2 spots, ‘Yeezus’ and ‘Sinner’ are the first Hip Hop albums to dominate the Billboard 200 in the same week since November 2010. Back then, Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (#1) and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pink Friday’ (#2) set the aforementioned record with their releases, fighting off competition from every genre on the chart that week.
Later that month, Minaj scored a new peak position of #1 when the album sold a further 660,000 units- bringing its first month sales to 1 million units in the US.