The race for this week's No. 1 album was apparently close. Like, really close.
On Sunday, Billboard announced Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD had reclaimed the top spot for a third nonconsecutive week, defeating 6ix9ine's debut album DUMMY BOY by about 5,000 album equivalent units. It was, of course, a big win for the Houston rapper, who quickly went to social media to express his gratitude.
However, that glory has since been soiled by controversy. Days after Billboard declared ASTROWORLD the top album, Hits Daily Double published an email sent by Nielsen's Drew Bennett, who claimed DUMMY BOY was the true No.1 project. Bennet wrote this week's charts were under review after his firm uncovered a processing "discrepancy."
"Our team has done a deep dive and found the cause of the initial discrepancy. We've since then reprocessed the jobs necessary and re-finalized the charts. As a result, 6ix9ine's 'Dummy Boy' will be moving to #1... Our team is working quickly to identify the root cause of this discrepancy to ensure that we get it right the first time."
According to a Thursday report by HDD, DUMMY BOY is this week's No. 1 album, as it earned about 200 more units than ASTROWORLD. Yes, just 200 units.
As of press time, the online Billboard 200 chart still reflected the week ending Dec. 1, with Mumford & Sons' Delta still occupying the top slot.