Still, the “Yeezus” debut also constitutes West’s weakest to date. “Dropout” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200 chart in 2004 but sold 441,000 copies in its first week. His most recent solo effort, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” stormed the charts with a cool 496,000.
While West has both pros and cons to take away from the “Yeezus” release, three other artists saw successul first-week premieres. J. Cole didn’t fall far behind West with his sophomore effort “Born Sinner,” which took the No. 2 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list after selling 297,000. Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” placed at No. 3, while Kelly Rowland found her fourth consecutive top-five album with “Talk a Good Game.”