Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy and Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross are giving Wale a standing ovation in honor of his new The Gifted album shocking doubters by becoming the number one album in the country this week.
Puff Daddy applauded Wale on having the hottest album on store shelves.
“S/O TO @WALE FOR THE #1 ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY!!!!,” Diddy tweeted July 3. (Diddy’s Twitter)
Ricky Rozay made sure to publicly acknowledge everyone who helped Wale reach a new benchmark in his career.
“Thank all supporters making the #thegifted Wale 1st no1 album on @billboard charts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-gifted/id647928068 … ,” Ross tweeted July 4. (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
After seven days on stores shelves, the LP sold nearly 160,000 copies.
Wale scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with The Gifted. The third album from the D.C. rapper sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Wale’s second top 10 album following 2011?s Ambition. Last week’s No. 1, Kanye West‘s Yeezus, drops to No. 3 with an 80% decline in sales. After selling 327,000 copies in its first week, the album only sold 65,000 in its second week. J. Cole‘s sophomore set Born Sinner remains at No. 2 in its second week, selling 84,000 (down 72%). Meanwhile, India.Arie returns to the charts at No. 7 with SongVersation (31,000), her fifth top 10 album on the Billboard 200. (Rap-Up)
Last weeekend estimates had Ralph Folarin’s new LP expected to chart atop the competition.
YOUR MID-WEEKS: Wale will debut at #1 next week, as Rap holds the top three spots for a second week. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend: *Wale (Atlantic) 140-150k J. Cole (Roc Nation/Columbia) 90-95k Kanye West (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ) 70-75k *Skillet (Atlantic) 50-55k Daft Punk (Columbia) 30-35k Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville) 27-30k Black Sabbath (Republic) 27-30k *August Burns Red (Solidstate) 24-27k Kelly Rowland (Motown) 24-27k Mac Miller (Rostrum) 23-26k (YOUR Mid-Weeks)