Kanye West Ties Record With Eighth Straight No. 1 Album as 'Ye' Tops Billboard 200
Kanye earns his eighth straight No. 1 album, tying the record for consecutive chart-toppers set by Eminem and The Beatles. 'Ye' moved 208,000 equivalent album units in its opening week.
Ye moved 208,000 equivalent album units in its first week, earning Kanye West his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
This marks Kanye's eighth straight No. 1 album, tying the record for consecutive chart-toppers set by Eminem and The Beatles. After his first album, The College Dropout, debuted at No. 2 in 2014, all of Kanye's albums have entered the charts at No. 1, according to Billboard.
Of Ye's 208,000 total units, 120,000 came from on-demand streams—the seventh-largest debut streaming week ever. Given the fact that Ye only has seven songs, that's extra impressive. Each song on the project averaged 25.7 million on-demand streams. Only one other album has topped that this year: J. Cole's KOD with a 26.9 million per-track average.
After a controversy-filled album rollout and calls for a Kanye boycott, commercial success for Ye didn't always feel like a sure thing. In the days following the album's release, however, all seven songs dominated streaming service charts. This prompted Kanye to share an emotional tweet last week: "I feel so blessed. For everyone that didn't turn they back. I'm in tears right now. I love all of you."
Elsewhere on this week's charts, Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys comes in at No. 2 and rock band Ghost debuts at No. 3 with Prequelle. Country singer Luke Combs' This One’s for You and Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy round out the top 5.