DJ Khaled edged away Imagine Dragons to take Number One for the Billboard 200 as the producer’s Grateful marketed 149, 000 total copies in the debut week.
Khaled’s latest all-star affair gave him his second straight chart topper – following 2016’s Major Key – even though Grateful was largely powered simply by streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs; only 50, 000 units of the 149, 000 haul came from conventional album sales, Billboard reports.
At Number Two, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve sold 147, 000 total duplicates – just 2, 000 shy of Khaled – but produced sales of 109, 000 conventional copies, over double Grateful ‘s total. Evolve furthermore enjoyed the best debut for any rock and roll album in 2017.
Prince’s Purple Rain returned to the Top 10 at Number Four thanks to the album’s remastered and rarities-filled reissue, which sold 52, 000 total duplicates. Only one more new release broke the Top 10: 311’s Mosaic at Number 6.
After three directly weeks of female artists atop the Billboard 200, this week’s Top 10 was bereft of woman artists entirely as all three Number One holders – Katy Perry, Halsey and last week’s champ Lorde – fell out of the top tier.
Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. held steady at Number Three, followed by 2 Chainz’ Pretty Girls Like Trap Songs (Number Five), Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Seven), Drake’s More Life (Eight), Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (Nine) and the Moana soundtrack at Number 10.
Depending on how the Billboard two hundred tabulates the Tidal streams associated with Jay Z’s four: 44 , the rapper could find himself in a race for Primary against Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 , Stone Sour’s Hydrograd and the Baby Driver soundtrack.
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