DJ Khaled scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his latest release, Major Key, debuts in the top slot. The set earned 95,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 4, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 59,000 were in traditional album sales -- DJ Khaled’s largest sales week since 2007.
Major Key was released July 29 through We the Best/Epic Records. It is his first effort for Epic
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 Aug. 20-dated chart (where Major Key is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Major Key’s sales launch is DJ Khaled’s second-biggest week in his career -- his only larger frame was logged back in 2007, when We The Best bowed at No. 8 with 79,000 sold.
DJ Khaled made his Billboard 200 chart debut just over 10 years ago, with Listennn: The Album, which bowed on the June 24, 2006-dated list. The set peaked at its debut position, No. 12, and was the first of his nine charting albums to date.
He’s since scored seven top 10 albums, including Major Key. His highest charting album, until this week, was the No. 4 debut and peak of 2012’s Kiss the Ring.
The new album was exclusively available in its first week of release through the Apple Music streaming service and for sale as a download through the iTunes Store. It became widely available through other streamers and digital retailers on Aug. 5. It will be make its CD bow on Aug. 12.
The album features a bevy of A-list collaborators, including Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nas, Future, 2 Chainz and even Meghan Trainor.
Major Key is Epic’s second No. 1 album in 2016, following Future’s EVOL, which opened atop the list dated Feb. 27.
The new album boasts DJ Khaled’s second-highest charting single ever on the Billboard Hot 100: “For Free,” featuring Drake. The tune has so far risen to No. 14 on the list, nearing the No. 10 peak of DJ Khaled’s highest-charting single, “I’m On One,” featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, in 2011.