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:
“The Life of Pablo descends 1-4 with 47,000 units (down 50 percent). The album fell 95 percent in traditional album sales, falling from a 28,000 start to a little more than 1,000 copies sold. (Much of its first week sales were bolstered by pre-orders not delivered until after the album saw a wide release on April 1. Those pre-orders were sold as part of a ticket/album bundle to his Yeezy 3 fashion show held at Madison Square Garden and screened via a live stream in movie theaters….”
Rihanna’s Anti climbs one rung to No. 5 (44,000 units; down 9 percent), Justin Bieber’sPurpose rises 8-6 (38,000 units; down 10 percent…