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Kim, There’s People That Are Dying: DJ Khaled Planning To Sue Billboard For Not Getting No. 1

DJ Khaled is taking his loss out on Billboard.

The song screamer is reportedly planning on filing a lawsuit against Billboard for his new album, Father of Asahd, not reaching No. 1 (it debuted at No. 2 behind Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR).

Khaled claims Billboard backtracked on their agreement that they’d count sales he made in a bundle deal with an energy drink. Bundling is a savvy way of inflating sales – artists can sell a merchandise or tour tickets and bundle their album with the sale and it’ll count towards the Billboard 200 chart. Apparently Billboard wasn’t keen on the energy drink collaboration, because they discounted the reported 100,000 sales he made with it, citing “strange anomalies in the data.”

In other words, they weren’t down to count Khaled’s sneaky marketing tactic, and he’s fuming. So furious that his team sent a legal letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, SVP of charts and data development at Billboard, Page Six reports.

“When Khaled’s team tried to appeal, Billboard refused to budge,” a source explained.

Khaled is angry because Tyler’s bundle deal counted, giving him a total of 165,000 albums sold, whereas Khaled came in with 137,000. He reportedly felt like his label, Epic, didn’t fight hard enough for his bundle drama.

A source from Billboard said Khaled is wrong when he claimed he’s missing 100,000 sales from his total amount, but did confirm a portion was rejected. Billboard is now reviewing their rules when it comes to bundling.

How embarrassing for Khaled. Not only does he look like a sore loser, but he’s emphasizing how important chart positions are when in reality they’re just a popularity contest. There are so many great songs/albums that don’t even come closer to the charts, does that make them any less incredible?

It makes sense that someone who yells on every song would raise hell about this.



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