All hail Yeezus. Kanye West returns to reclaim his throne atop the Billboard 200 as his sixth album debuts at No. 1. But J. Cole wasn’t far behind.
The new father sold 327,000 copies of Yeezus, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the third-largest sales week of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).
Despite his No. 1 debut, sales of Yeezus are less than industry experts had initially predicted. After its first day on sale, the album was expected to do as much as 400,000.
However, J. Cole performed above expectations as his sophomore set Born Sinner enters at No. 2 with 297,000. He surpassed his 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, which entered at No. 1 with 218,000.
Mac Miller rounds out the top 3 with his second album Watching Movies With the Sound Off, which opened at No. 3 with 102,000, less than his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park (145,000).
Kelly Rowland’s fourth solo album, Talk a Good Game, was the fourth new entry in the top 10, coming in at No. 4 with 68,000. It marks her third top 10 album, but smallest debut following 2011’s Here I Am (77,000).