AceShowbiz - Kanye West's effort to make "Jesus Is King" perfect has finally paid off. His new album arrives atop the Billboard 200 chart after racking up 264,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 109,000 were in traditional album sales.
This marks Kanye's ninth consecutive No. 1 albums, which means the rapper matches Eminem's record on the weekly chart as the latter also has nine consecutive No. 1 albums. Both of them are ahead of The Beatles who had all eight of their efforts debuting at No. 1. In addition to that, "Jesus Is King" marks the fifth-biggest streaming week of the year as well as Kanye's biggest streaming week ever with 196.9 million on-demand audio streams.
Furthermore, the new effort earns the second-biggest sales week of 2019 for an R&B/hip-hop album, just behind Post Malone's "Hollywood's Bleeding", which sold 200,000 units in traditional sales in its first week.
Back to the Billboard 200 chart, Post's "Hollywood's Bleeding" is kicked from its top spot to No. 2 with 81,000 units, while English singer Rex Orange County has his major-label debut album "Pony" arriving at No. 3 with 70,000 units. Following behind "Pony" is NBA YoungBoy's (YoungBoy Never Broke Again) "Al YoungBoy 2" at No. 4 with 64,000 units, as well as Summer Walker's "Over It" at No. 5 with 60,000 units.
Three former chart-topping albums occupy the next spots in this week's chart, with DaBaby's "Kirk" sliding down to No. 6 with 40,000 units. Taylor Swift's "Lover" also has to give up its No. 5 spot and moves to No. 7 with 35,000 units, as Billie Eilish's "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" drops to No. 8 with 32,000 units.
Country band Old Dominion earns their second top ten album with their self-titled album, which launches at No. 9 with 31,000 units. On the other hand, Young Thug's "So Much Fun" closes out the top ten for this week with 28,000 units.