Kanye West Scores the Biggest Album Debut of 2021 with “Donda”

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Kanye West. Photo by Carl Timpone/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (6069800ag)

Kanye West is no stranger to shattering records with each new album he shares with the world, and his latest LP is no different. Following its release in late August, Donda soared to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, scoring the largest week of 2021 so far.

Donda hit the no. 1 spot after selling 309,000 equivalent album units during its debut week on the chart – including 272,000 streaming-equivalent album units and 37,000 pure album sales. It surpassed Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour to score the largest album debut of the year—but that’s just the beginning.

Donda also cemented West’s status as one of only seven artists with ten no. 1 albums atop the Billboard 200. He joined in the ranks of The Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen (11), Barbra Streisand (11), Eminem (10), and Elvis Presley (10), but the list could soon include Drake with his latest album Certified Lover Boy.

Despite mixed reviews, West managed to create a lot of buzz for Donda since its release on August 29th. In addition to topping the Billboard 200 chart, his latest studio effort also had one of the biggest debuts on streaming services Spotify and Apple Music.