Kanye West is No. 1 thanks to his strong stream game.
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Kanye West landed his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week since releasing his new album, The Life of Pablo, onto iTunes and Spotify. Though he promised he would never (ever) allow his work to appear on platforms outside of TIDAL, West had a change of heart, and it earned him the top spot. West sold 94,000 equivalent album units last week. Of that sum, 28,000 were in pure album sales — the rest were in streaming equivalent albums, reports Billboard.
The Life of Pablo is the first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 where the majority (70 percent, in fact) of its units were generated by streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Its 66,000 SEA units equates to just over 99 million U.S. streams for the album’s tracks in the week ending April 7. (Each SEA unit is equal to 1,500 streams from an album.)
None of the songs were available to purchase individually, so the numbers Kanye moved indicate fans purchasing his music wanted it in full.
While Kanye is enjoying his new feat, the rapper took his talents to Manila, Philippines on Saturday to perform Pablo cuts that included “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” “Famous,” and his verse from Drake’s new single “Pop Style.”
Kanye also treated concert-goers to a freestyle rap, singing in autotune: “I don’t wanna be liked/ If that means I gotta be like what everybody else like.”
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Also in Manila, Kanye took the opportunity to explain why his co-headlining tour with Lady Gaga went awry.
“That night when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life,” Kanye told concertgoers of the night he jumped on stage and eclipsed Taylor Swift’s VMA moment. “Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day. You know what night I’m talking about — when I just said what everyone else was thinking.”
“So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time?”
In addition to performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park in New York on June 3-5, West announced he’s planning a tour.
I’m so happy that you guys like the music… I’m working on the tour designs now…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 9, 2016