The craziest album chart week in some time just got crazier.
Yesterday, it was reported Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life [103,085 SPS] had edged out Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy [100,641 SPS] and Meek Mill's Wins & Losses [98,594 SPS] to win the Billboard 200 this week.
Although Tyler didn't come first, beating Meek Mill was a big deal. Especially since Tyler was among those who suggested that Meek and Tidal were conspiring to inflate Wins & Losses numbers by placing it for free in front of Tidal's pay wall.
By doing so, it looks like Wins & Losses did gain 12,000 SPS. That's the difference between what Hits Daily Double (who doesn't include free streams) and Billboard reported Meek's album did.
[Related: Tyler, The Creator beats Meek Mill despite Tidal inflation.]
Now we've learned that the Billboard numbers aren't even official.
The release of Billboard's Aug. 12-dated charts is delayed," Billboard said in a statement. A top-tier data provider has encountered technical issues, preventing the delivery of its data to Nielsen Music (which provides the sales, streaming and airplay information for Billboard's charts). Due to this issue, and because there is a close race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Billboard is holding back the release of all of its Aug. 12-dated charts until we get further clarity from the data provider. The chart results will be announced and posted as soon as possible this week. Thank you for your patience.Tyler can't believe what is going on.
THIS IS CRAZY MAN IM OFF THIS https://t.co/NvNWmXaani— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 1, 2017
This is a rare time that you would be allowed to speculate about the Illuminati.