Wale Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart


Rapper Wale claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week, as his new release “The Gifted” debuts in the top position. The set sold 158,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s Wale’s second top 10 album, following his last release, 2011’s “Ambition.” It debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 164,000 sold, but was blocked by another debuting album that week: Justin Bieber’s “Under the Mistletoe” (with a 210,000 bow).

Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” which bowed at No. 1 last week with 327,000 copies sold, falls by 80% to No. 3, selling 65,000 in its sophomore frame.

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