Wale Beats Out Kanye West And J.Cole On The Charts As His New Album “The Gifted” Goes Number One

July 3, 2013  |  


In the last few weeks we reported the drama that has been attached to rapper, Wale. From singer Tiara Thomas, who he mentored for two years, leaving his camp to sign with Rico Love and his assistant cursing her out on Twitter, to others often attacking him on his Twitter and saying that he is one the most arrogant rappers on the scene, he’s got a bad rap recently (or for years). But it looks like Wale has a reason to be conceited!

Billboard reported previously that Wale’s third album, The Gifted, would be headed straight to the top of the charts–no disrespect to J. Cole or Kanye West, who released their albums Born Sinner and Yeezus a few weeks prior to The Gifted. Now the verdict is in! The Gifted debuted at number one on the Billboard’s 200 chart selling 158,000 copies. Unfortunately for Yeezy, he dropped from the first to the third spot with his album sales decreasing by 80 percent, a HUGE dip. MTV News reports that it’s one of the biggest drops for album sales in the history of Nielsen SoundScan numbers:

“This represents the fourth largest drop for a #1-debuting album in the SoundScan era, behind other 80-plus percent dippers from Madonna, Lady Gaga and Mac Miller.”

MTV News later went on to report:

Next week’s charts are a mystery, as both Billboard and SoundScan have vowed not to count
 the one million pre-purchased Samsung-sponsored downloads of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail
 that will be unlocked at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. The album will not be available to the general public until Tuesday, meaning it won’t chart until the following week.

Although Wale has the number one spot now, do you think Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail will change that in the upcoming weeks? Let us know in the comment section. Either way, Wale has reason to celebrate, and maybe now, he can talk more about his album’s success and less about his issues with Tiara Thomas…


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