Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ Sales Plunge 80% in Second Week

Kanye's 'Yeezus' Sales Plunge 80% in

Rapper Wale has unwrapped his first No. 1 album, as “The Gifted” climbed to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart last week.

The performer (born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) moved 158,000 copies of his Atlantic release, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 30. His previous set, 2011’s “Ambition,” arrived at No. 2.

Wale’s large debut trumped two other big-name rap titles that faded in their second frames. J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” (Columbia) held its slot at No. 2 with 84,000 sold, but showed a 72% decline.

Kanye West’s “Yeezus” (Def Jam), which came aboard at No. 1 last week as the year’s third-biggest debut, fell to No. 3 with 65,000 shifted, representing a huge 80% plunge.

The Memphis Christian rock band Skillet enjoyed the second-biggest bow of its career, as “Rise” (Atlantic) debuted at No. 4 with a 60,000-unit week. That’s second only to the debut of the group’s last album “Awake,” which debuted at No. 2 in 2009 and sold more than a million copies.

Two other acts made comparatively mild top-10 debuts. R&B singer-songwriter India Arie’s “SongVersation” (Motown) moved in at No. 7, selling 31,000; it succeeds 2009’s “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics,” which rose to No. 3.

Pennsylvania metal unit August Burns Red launched its first-ever top-10 album, as “Rescue and Restore” (Solid State) entered at No. 9. That topped their previous peak of No. 11, attained by 2011’s “Leveler.”

The week’s top 10 holdovers: Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (no. 5, 31,000 sold, off 23%), Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” (No. 6, 31,000, down 7%), Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 8, 29,000, up 13%) and Black Sabbath’s “13” (no. 10, 25,000, off 44%). The Daft Punk and Florida Georgia Line titles were separated by less than 200 units, and outsold India Arie’s album by less than 400 copies.

In a thin stanza for new releases, R&B singer Joe is the top candidate to log on in the top 10 next week.

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    1. dylanmichael says:

      Who in the blue hell buys a CD anymore? My 12 year old downloads albums as well as movies off of the internet, imagine the sales numbers by the time he’s 30 years old with the way technology is moving faster and faster

    2. MC_EGO says:

      Yeezus Walks alright, as far as possible from the no talent clown that calls himself Kanye West. With guys like him and Lil Wayne, it’s painfully obvious how bad the rap/hip-hop game has become. Throw in Nicki Minaj and get ready to throw in the towel for a genre that is sinking faster than the Titanic with these pathetic excuses for rappers (let alone human beings) ruining all that guys like Guru (RIP), Rakim, and Q-Tip stood for and brought to the table with intelligence and songwriting. I for one refuse to “dumb down” to the current crap on the radio that any DJ could dare call “hip-hop” or “rap”. I’ll let the spoon fed sheep that actually listen and even pay money to see or hear it do it for me, hopefully some can graduate high-school with the ability to speak and spell.

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