In 2009 Kanye West spoke of his ‘big ego’ on Beyonce’s third single from ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’, and if the past years have shown us anything it is that we are pretty certain he did not just mean in the metaphorical sense.


Earning the reputation of being obnoxious with an extremely high self-esteem through his mostly ridiculous endless rants and years of comparing himself to legendary figures, in all just loving himself. Has Kanye continued to prove his point with the success of his recent project?


The 38-year-old rapper/producer’s ‘The Life of Pablo‘ managed to land the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 2oo chart, giving him his 7th number 1 album. Although the album was released exclusively to Tidal allowing streaming only, TLOP earned 94000 sales through streaming and pre-sales.



Here’s how he did it.



According to Billboard:



The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 23-dated chart (where The Life of Pablo is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 12.


The Life of Pablo is the first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 where the majority (70 percent, in fact) of its units were generated by streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Its 66,000 SEA units equates to just over 99 million U.S. streams for the album’s tracks in the week ending April 7. (Each SEA unit is equal to 1,500 streams from an album.)


None of Pablo’s tracks were available for individual purchase, so the album debuts on the strength of only streams and traditional album sales.


In terms of streaming units at No. 1, Pablo has the second-largest streaming sum, just barely behind the chart-topping bow of Justin Bieber’s Purpose late last year. The latter started with 67,000 SEA units — equal to slightly more than 100 million streams of the album’s tracks. (Purpose’s overall first week unit total was 649,000, powered mostly by its strong 522,000 album sales start.)


The Life of Pablo was initially released on Feb. 13 via Tidal’s streaming service, and briefly as a commercial download via West’s official website. The set’s sales and its streams through Tidal were not reported to Nielsen Music, whose data powers the Billboard 200 chart, and it was thus unable to chart.


On April 1, the album became widely available to other streaming services, and went on sale via West and Tidal’s sites. The streams and sales of the wide release were reported to Nielsen Music, enabling its arrival on the charts.

The 28,000 sales reported for the album were from the two web sites, and album/ticket offers with West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 11, and its simultaneous live stream movie theater event.


Tickets to the New York event came with a download of Pablo, and the sales of the set were counted when and if consumers opted to redeem and download the release. For the live stream movie theater event, customers had the option to add the Pablo album to their purchase. The sales of those albums counted when they were fulfilled to the customer.


The Life of Pablo is West’s seventh consecutive No. 1 album, and all have debuted at No. 1. Pablo follows his previous leaders Yeezus (released in 2013), Watch the Throne(the collaborative set with Jay Z, 2011), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010),808s & Heartbreak (2008), Graduation (2007) and Late Registration (2005). (West only missed the top slot once, with his debut effort, The College Dropout. It bowed and peaked at No. 2 in 2004.)



Pablo as he now likes to call himself, has eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100  from The Life of Pablo, which totals to 75 Hot 100 entries tying him with the legendary Ray Charles for the eighth-most Hot 100 visits.

There is definitely no signs of Ye’ easing on his ever so unpopular self-infatuation anytime time soon peeps.



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