Kanye West’s “Donda” Debuts at No. 1 with the Biggest Week of 2021

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    All hell broke loose after Kanye West’s dropped his latest album Donda, and it was just a matter of time before this album hit no. 1. That moment is finally here, as Donda topped the Billboard 200 with the largest week of the year and become the rapper’s tenth album atop the chart.

    Donda hit the shelves on August 29th and soared to the top of the Billboard 200 with 309,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. during its first week. This is currently the largest opening for an album released in 2021, surpassing the record previously held by Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour with 295,000 units earned during its debut week.

    Donda is West’s tenth studio album to top the Billboard 200, and this milestone cements his status as one of the musical legends. Only six artists before West managed to release ten or more no. 1 albums—The Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen (11), Barbra Streisand (11), Eminem (10), and Elvis Presley (10).

    When it comes to the rest of the Billboard 200 chart for this week, Halsey hit the no. 2 spot with her latest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Olivia Rodrigo’s former no. 1 album Sour is still going strong, and it fell from no. 1 to no. 3 this week.