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Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ Hits Number One

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Keith Caulfield, writing for Billboard, reports that Kanye Westʼs The Life of Pablo will debut at number one on the Billboard 200 charts.

    The Life of Pablo is the first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 where the majority (70 percent, in fact) of its units were generated by streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Its 66,000 SEA units equates to just over 99 million U.S. streams for the album’s tracks in the week ending April 7. (Each SEA unit is equal to 1,500 streams from an album.)

  2. Strikegently

    close cover, strike gently

    Call me old fashioned, but I don't think streams can be made equivalent to sales.
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  3. DandonTRJ

    ~~~ヾ(^∇^ Supporter

    Didn't Sleeping With Sirens move 70k albums the first week with their second-to-last release? And yet that beats out nearly 100,000,000 streams by one of the top-selling artists in the industry. Don't get me wrong, I love Spotify, but the current economics of streaming are undeniably horseshit.
  4. Definitely think there's a sweet spot for streams = album sales, but not sure that's it. Regardless, this was one of my most anticipated this year and I haven't even listened yet bc I want physical and well...I'm afraid to.
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  5. Clark

    @yttebkralc Prestigious

    I didn't think you could even buy this album? Wouldn't it all be from streams? Or are they counting the people that paid for and never received the album?

    It's really good. I hate how good it is. I wanted to be out on Kanye but he pulled me back in.
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  6. bruh


    He'd sell a lot more if he just put it up on iTunes!
  7. Jesse Atticus

    Newbie Supporter

    I feel like this album just isn't what he wanted it to be which bums me out. I want to listen to something that I know was written, packaged and released with full confidence. Him redoing all of the songs, adding, editing tracks, made it worse for me. I still haven't listened to the 'new' version all of the way through but maybe it'll change my mind.
  8. rst


    So the 28,000 albums sold were all digital, right?
  9. Ibesmokin


    Me too. It's crazy, when I was a kid CDs were still the biggest format around (mix CDs alone). But I stream everyday, and the only physicals most of my friends buy are vinyl or just merch instead.
  10. omgrawr

    That loneliness is not a function of solitude.

    I hope Kanye releases his next album exclusively on Hit Clips. Also I can't believe they opted to spell "Hit Clips" without a "z."

  11. Clark

    @yttebkralc Prestigious

    Did people actually start receiving the album? I remember when it was supposed to be released everyone on /r/hiphopheads were complaining about paying for it but not being sent anything.

    Edit: I guess it still counts towards the sales, regardless, which is interesting.
  12. CaterpieSWAG


    For SEA, why 1500?
  13. omgrawr

    That loneliness is not a function of solitude.

    I agree, I get why they use that as a metric now but it doesn't carry the same weight as an album purchase. Less commitment involved when you just have to click the song and listen to it for free instead of weighing its worth to you and whether or not its value is great enough spend money on in particular.
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  14. ramomcferno

    Mystery is the secret ingredient Prestigious

    I was actually going to google how many streams would be the equivalent of buying an album, but I found that out thanks for this thread (SEAs). I just checked my and I feel bad about all of the albums I didn't buy over the past two years when I stopped buying physical. I only had 5 albums that would have made the SEA requirement.
  15. Ben Peters


    A fellow best friend, I see?
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  17. bptky

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    Overrated, overhyped, over everything. I'm a Kanye fan, but I'm glad I waited until it showed up on Spotify to listen to this album.
  18. bptky

    check out Musica - Akron's best live music venue

    @s12sim I've given it a couple listens so far, but still nothing. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is definitely my favorite of his, and I still enjoy his albums previous to that one. This newest one is comparable to Yeezus, both of which are decent albums but nothing really groundbreaking IMO. Either way I'm not quite giving up on it yet.
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