AceShowbiz - Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" has finally arrived on Billboard 200. The album, which was first dropped exclusively on Tidal in February before being made available on other streaming services a few weeks ago, enters the chart at No. 1 with 94,000 equivalent album units collected in the week ending April 7.
According to Nielsen Music, 28,000 of that sum are in pure album sales. The other 66,000, around 70|percent| of the total sales, are generated by streaming equivalent albums (SEA). It means the album's tracks were streamed over 99 million times in only the U.S. in the past week. The number doesn't include track equivalent album (TEA) since the songs off the record aren't available for individual purchase.
Billboard notes that "Pablo" is the first album to hit No. 1 on the chart with a majority of its units stemming from streaming. It's officially become West's seventh studio installment to land atop the list, following 2013's "Yeezus", 2011's "Watch the Throne" (a collaboration with Jay-Z), 2010's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", 2008's "808's & Heartbreak", 2007's "Graduation" and 2005's "Late Registration". "The College Dropout" remains the rapper's only full-length to miss the No. 1 spot. His debut set opened and peaked at No. 2 back in 2004.
Next on Billboard 200 this week, Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" rises from No. 8 to No. 2 with 73,000 units following his big win at the 2016 ACM Awards last week. The album rose to No. 1 last year after his other huge victory at the 2015 CMA Awards, where he also performed with Justin Timberlake.
Three newcomers fill the top 5, starting with Lukas Graham that bows at No. 3 as their self-titled set earns 59,000 including 34,000 in pure album sales in its first week. The album is supported by "7 Years" which most recently landed at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100.
Weezer's latest self-titled album, also known as "Weezer (White Album)", debuts at No. 4 with over 49,000 units. This is the band's fourth self-titled set and their eighth top 10 effort on the chart. Behind the group is hip-hop duo Twenty88 which was formed recently by Big Sean and Jhene Aiko. They close out the top 5 with their own eponymous record that sells 49,000 units.
Making up the rest of the top 10 are familiar titles like Rihanna's "Anti" (No. 6 with 48,000), Zayn Malik's "Mind of Mine" (No. 7 with 44,000), Justin Bieber's "Purpose" (No. 8 with 41,000), Adele's "25" (No. 9 with 36,000) and Twenty One Pilots' "Blurryface" (No. 10 with 30,000).