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On the Charts: DJ Khaled Grabs First Number One With ‘Major Key’

After releasing nine albums in 10 years, Miami rapper dethrones Drake’s ‘Views’ to claim top spot


DJ Khaled interrupted Drake's attempt to spend the entire summer atop the Billboard 200 as 'Major Key' snuck past 'Views' to debut at Number One.

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DJ Khaled momentarily interrupted Drake‘s attempt to spend the entire summer atop the Billboard 200 as Major Key snuck past Views to debut in the Number One spot. Khaled has released nine albums in the past decade, but Major Key represents the Miami rapper’s first chart-topping LP.

In its first week of release, Major Key sold 95,000 total copies – a mix of album sales, streaming totals and bulk downloads – with 59,000 of that total coming from traditional album sales exclusively from iTunes Music Store downloads; physical copies hit shelves August 12th. Khaled’s previous chart high came from 2012’s Kiss the Ring, which debuted and peaked at Number Four, Billboard reports.

After spending 12 non-consecutive weeks at Number One, Drake’s Views slipped to Number Two, fueled by 80,000 copies, the bulk of which were streaming equivalent albums (SEAs). Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface held steady at Number Three with 39,000 copies.

Besides Khaled, three more new releases slotted into the Top 10: Country artist Jake Owen’s American Love nabbed Number Four with 35,000 copies, former American Idol champion Fantasia’s The Definition Of… took Number Six with 32,000 copies and Lady Antebellum member Hillary Scott & the Scott Family’s Love Remains placed at Number Seven and 31,000 copies.

Rihanna’s Anti (Number Five), Adele’s 25 (Number Eight), Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest (Number Nine) and the Hamilton Broadway cast recording (Number 10) rounded out the Top 10.

Khaled’s reign atop the Billboard 200 is expected to last just seven days as Billboard forecasts that either Views or the Suicide Squad soundtrack will steal back Number One next week.


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