DMV emcee Wale may have real reason to celebrate in the coming days. Billboard is reporting that the MMG member is on pace to sell around 150,000 copies of his new album The Gifted this week. That total would be enough for the LP to land in the top spot on the album chart. It will be the first time that Wale had the number one album in the country.
Wale’s previous project Ambition opened in the number two spot in 2011 with 164,000 units sold. His debut album,Attention Deficit, only sold 28,000 copies in its debut week.
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The Gifted was boosted by the Top-40 hit “Bad” which peaked at number 25 on the Hot 100 chart. The Tiara Thomas assisted single was the biggest hit of Wale’s career so far.
Billboard also points out if Wale’s The Gifted opens in the top spot, it would be the first time in two years that Hip Hop albums have been #1 on the album chart for two consecutive weeks. Kanye West’s Yeezus will be number one on this week’s chart.
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Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park and Drake’s Take Care both reached number one back-to-back weeks in late November/early December of 2011.