Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Is No. 1, but Drake Waits in the Wings

Kanye West’s long-delayed new album, “Donda,” begins at No. 1 on Billboard’s new chart with the largest opening of the 12 months up to now. But its reign at the prime could also be temporary, with Drake’s newest LP lining up large numbers for subsequent week.

“Donda,” West’s 10th solo studio album (and his 10th title general to succeed in the prime, together with “Watch the Throne,” his 2011 album with Jay-Z), had the equal of 309,000 gross sales in the United States in its first week out, greater than some other album in 2021, in response to MRC Data, Billboard’s monitoring arm. (Its closest competitor, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” racked up 295,000 in May.) The whole for “Donda” consists of 357 million streams, a weekly file for the 12 months, and 37,000 copies bought as an entire package deal.

According to West’s label, Def Jam, the album has reached No. 1 in 11 nations and had greater than 775 million streams round the world. The label even broke down these streams by outlet: 442 million on Spotify and 242 million on Apple Music, which might imply these companies accounted for about 88 p.c of all opening-week streams for the album.

Teased for greater than a 12 months — together with at three stadium-size listening occasions in latest weeks, which had been livestreamed by Apple Music — the 27-track “Donda” was lastly launched on Aug. 29, a Sunday. Since albums normally come out on a Friday, that gave “Donda” simply 5 days of public availability earlier than Billboard’s accounting week ended.

Its time at No. 1 could also be temporary. In a traditional monster-movie conflict, “Donda” was launched simply days earlier than Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy,” one other long-anticipated LP hyped for months. Last week, “Donda” broke every day streaming information at Apple and Spotify, but then “Certified Lover Boy” shortly broke them once more.

Also this week, Halsey’s newest album, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” — made with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails — opens at No. 2 with the equal of 98,000 gross sales, together with 35 million streams and 70,500 copies bought as an entire package deal.

Rodrigo’s “Sour” is No. three, Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” is No. four and the Kid Laroi’s “____ Love” is No. 5.