American rapper, producer and fashion designer Kanye West achieved what many have predicted: his new album ‘Yeezus’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as it sold 327,000 copies in its first week. This marks the biggest week for a rap album since November 2011, when Drake’s ‘Take Care’ record sold 631,000 copies and reached No. 1 spot.
‘Yeezus’ is West’s sixth No. 1 in a row and all previous records topped the charts straight away, including his collaborative album with Jay-Z, ‘Watch The Throne’, released in 2011. The only album that did not make it to the No. 1 was his debut release ‘The College Dropout’, which peaked at No. 2 spot. The ‘All Of The Lights’ rapper is making history, as his sixth No. 1 album ties him for the second spot at most No. 1s among rap releases, along with Eminem and Nas. Jay-Z is the only one with more No. 1s, 12 in total.
‘Yeezus’ also earned the third-biggest sales week in 2013, with 327,000 units sold. Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ is claiming the top spot with 968,000 units sold and Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ is coming in second, with 339,000 units sold.
Despite all this success, the ‘Stronger’ rapper’s latest release is also his lowest sales debut so far. All of his previous records sold way over 400,000 units and, until now, ‘The College Dropout’ had the smallest start at 441,000 units sold. However, with girlfriend Kim Kardashian and baby daughter North by his side, West has plenty of reasons to celebrate these days.