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

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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