With assistance from music’s heaviest hitters (Nipsey Hussle, Beyonce, Jay Z, Big Sean, John Legend, Cardi B, Meek Mill, and many more), DJ Khaled’s newest project – ‘Father of Asahd’ – was once believed to be a shoo-in for the top of the Billboard 200 upon its arrival. A feat not uncommon for the 43-year-old’s collaboration-heavy projects as both of ‘Asahd’s predecessors – 2016’s ‘Major Key’ and 2017’s ‘Grateful’ respectively – bowed atop the tally.
Yet, even after adding padding to the product’s first week sales via a merchandise bundle deal, Khaled’s effort still trailed behind fellow Hip Hop star Tyler, the Creator.
As reported here, Tyler – after multiple “swings at the bat” courtesy of a string (six to be exact) of critically acclaimed albums over the last decade – was predicted by industry analyst early reads to see his new LP, ‘IGOR,’ top this week’s charts. With both ‘IGOR’ and ‘Asahd’s debut tracking weeks in our rearview, Nielsen has officially declared the former chart champion.
Tyler, the Creator’s ‘IGOR’
First Week Sales (SPS) – 165,000
First Week Sales (Pure) – 74,000
Chart Position: #1
DJ Khaled’s ‘Father of Asahd’
First Week Sales (SPS) – 134,000
First Week Sales (Pure) – 34,000
Chart Position: #2