The first-week sales numbers are in for DJ Khaled's 10th studio album, Grateful, and thanks to 151k album equivalent units (sales plus streaming), the We The Best Music Group head honcho will debut at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 chart.
By earning 151k first-week tallies, Khaled's Grateful is now the 10th rap album of 2017 to move 100k+ SPS units in the initial seven-day sales period, joining the following nine artists:
- Kendrick Lamar—DAMN. (610K)
- Drake—More Life (505K)
- Logic—Everybody (251K)
- Big Sean—I Decided (156K)
- Future—FUTURE (139K)
- Gorillaz—Humanz (135K)
- Migos—Culture (121K)
- Future—HNDRXX (117K)
- Rick Ross—Rather You Than Me (100K)
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It's important to note that Drake's More Life playlist, which was released on a Saturday, would have produced a higher first-week sales total if it was released on a Thursday evening, giving it the full seven days.
Also crossing the 100k marker this year is Bryson Tiller's Trap Soul duplicate True to Self, which picked up 116k SPS units in its opening week, while 2 Chainz narrowly missed the achievement, clocking in at a respectable 94k.
For some perspective, in 2016, only eight rap albums crossed 100k first-week SPS units for the entire calendar year (Drake's Views, J. Cole's 4 Yours Eyez Only, The Hamilton Mixtape, Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered, A Tribe Called Quest's We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, Future's EVOL, Kevin Gates' Islah and Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love").