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Rapper Wale knocks Kanye West from atop Billboard album chart

Published on Jul 4, 2013 6:30 AM
 
Recording artist Kanye West attends the NBA basketball game between Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in this Dec 25, 2010 file photo. American rapper Wale grabbed the top spot on Wednesday on the United States (US) Billboard 200 album chart for the first time with his record The Gifted, while fellow rapper Kanye West's Yeezus, last week's No. 1, fell to third place. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERs

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - American rapper Wale grabbed the top spot on Wednesday on the United States (US) Billboard 200 album chart for the first time with his record The Gifted, while fellow rapper Kanye West's Yeezus, last week's No. 1, fell to third place.

The Gifted sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Wale's previous album, 2011's Ambition, sold 164,000 copies in its first week but only reached No. 2 on the weekly album chart.

West's Yeezus fell to No. 3 with 65,000 in sales during the week, an 80 per cent decline from its debut total of 327,000 albums sold last week.

 
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