JAY-Z’s latest album 4:44 managed to go platinum in less than a week. However, it is notably absent from this week’s Billboard charts. Like Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo—also initially released as a Tidal exclusive—4:44 did not chart because Tidal did not report their streaming numbers to Nielsen Music. Instead, the set is expected to appear on the July 22-dated chart.
Meanwhile, within 24 hours of being released to iTunes this Friday, 4:44 ranked in at the #1 spot in 38 countries. These countries include the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Finland, Poland, Malaysia, India, Panama, Sri Lanka, Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, Saudi Arabia, Mozambique, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
As for the Billboard 200, DJ Khaled's Grateful has topped it for the second week in a row. Of Khaled 70,000 copies this week, 42,000 were the result of streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs. In order to reach that number, Grateful's tracks generated 63.4 million streams this week, Billboard reports. This puts it above Calvin Harris' Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which has debuted at No. 2 with 68,000 equivalent album units (23,000 traditional).
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