Of the almost half a dozen albums coming from G.O.O.D. Music over the course of Gemini season, Kanye’s follow up to 2016's The Life of Pablo was the most highly anticipated. West dropped Ye on Friday, and Chart Data has shared the projected first week numbers for Kanye’s eighth studio album. The seven-track project is expected to move 175-190k equivalent album units, with 70-80k coming from pure album sales.
These numbers are considerably strong, especially given that it only clocks in at 24 minutes long. By comparison, Pusha-T’s DAYTONA debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, pushing 77,000 album equivalent units. Of that total, 39,000 were in traditional album sales. Meanwhile, ASAP Rocky’s TESTING came in at No. 4 with 75,000 units, 13,000 of which were album sales.
These projections should come as no surprise, considering tracks from Ye dominated the streaming charts on both iTunes and Spotify all weekend long. While there are some trying to boycott Kanye after his controversial comments about slavery on TMZ, the "completely redid" album is doing just fine. "I completely redid the album after TMZ," Kanye recently told BigBoyTV. "We just sat there and really honed in on the words."
The West x Cudi collab, titled Kids See Ghost, is still slated to drop June 8. Teyana Taylor’s long awaited sophomore studio effort will hit the streets on June 22, and the Ye-produced Nas album comes out June 15.