Kanye West Has His Worst Opening Sales Week
Yeezy's victory caps a tense few weeks, during which Cole vowed to upstage West and take the distinction of the country's No. 1 album, calling it "fate" that the two should go head to head in album sales.
But despite a leak that diminished original expectations of around 500,000, Yeezus maintained the top spot, becoming West's fifth solo No. 1 and sixth overall, counting his 2011 collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.
However, Yeezus marks a continuing downward trend of sales for Kanye. It's his first album to sell less than 400,000 in its opening week, and lowest first-week bow since debut album The College Dropout moved 441,000, according to Billboard.
However, the album is still the third-best-selling album of 2013 in terms of first-week sales, debuting behind Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (339,000 sold) and Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (968,000 sold). It's also rap's best-selling album this year, garnering the best first-week sales for a record in the genre since Drake moved 631,000 for Take Care in November 2011. more on this story
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