04 Jul, 2017
DJ Khaled lands his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his latest release, Grateful, bows atop the list. The set — which was released on June 23 through We the Best/Epic Records — earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 50,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 15, 2017-dated chart (where DJ Khaled debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, July 4.
Grateful follows DJ Khaled’s first No. 1, earned a little less than a year ago, when Major Key launched in the penthouse (on the list dated Aug. 20, 2016) with 95,000 units. Of that starting-week sum, 59,000 were in traditional album sales. (Notably, during Major Key’s first week of release, it was exclusively available to stream through Apple Music, and for sale as a download through the iTunes Store. Grateful, however, was widely available at all streaming services and retailers.)
In total, Grateful marks DJ Khaled’s seventh top 10-charting effort, stretching back to 2007’s We the Best, which debuted and peaked at No. 8.
The new album is powered by streams, as it logged a robust 81,000 SEA units — the largest SEA haul for an album since the May 27-dated list, when Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. tallied 86,000 SEA units in its fourth week on the list. (Grateful’s81,000 SEA units equates to 121.19 million on-demand audio streams for the collected tracks on the album during the tracking week.)
The rest of Grateful’s debut frame is comprised of TEA units (a little under 19,000).
Grateful was ushered in by a pair of top five-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, “I’m the One” (his first No. 1 on the list), featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, and “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. DJ Khaled’s star-packed Grateful album also boasts guests such as Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Drake, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Calvin Harris.
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