The Billboard Album charts are being delayed this week with Meek Mill, Tyler, The Creator, and Lana Del Rey locked in a three-way battle for number one.
Each of the trio's albums is right around 100K sales plus streaming. But it looks like Meek's going to finish third even after getting a controversial 12K boost from placing Wins And Losses in front of Tidal's paywall and gobbling up free, easy-to-manipulate spins.
[Related: Tyler, The Creator accuses Meek Mill & Tidal of cheating on Billboard chart.]
Yesterday evening, Meek Mill highlighted another sales chart -- the Hip Hop/Rap chart on iTunes -- as he bragged about all of his platinum plaques.
Meek also had words for the wave riders:
Update: Billboard's final numbers just came in. They are:
1. Lana Del Rey Lust for Life 107K 2. Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy 106K 3. Meek Mill Wins & Losses 102K
It's the first time in 2017 where the top three albums are debuts that each earned more than 100,000 units.