This week on the music charts, DJ Khaled beat Imagine Dragons to No. 1, and Prince returns to the Top 5 with a reissue of âPurple Rain.â
âGratefulâ (We the Best/Epic), the latest by the longtime producer and performer â and now social-media star â DJ Khaled, opened at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with the equivalent of 149,000 sales in the United States, including 50,000 copies sold as a full album, according to Nielsen. “Gratefulâ features guest appearances on almost every track, by the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, BeyoncÃ© and Jay-Z, and gives particular prominence to DJ Khaledâs infant son, Asahd â in addition to appearing on the cover, the 8-month-old Asahd is also listed as executive producer. (Asahd has his own Instagram feed, by the way, with a million followers.)
âGratefulâ narrowly beat âEvolveâ (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), the new album by the Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons, which had the equivalent of 147,000 sales, in a different mix of formats: 109,000 copies of âEvolveâ were sold as full albums, and had far fewer streams than DJ Khaledâs album had.
âPurple Rainâ (NPG/Warner Bros.), the classic 1984 soundtrack by Prince and the Revolution, re-entered the chart this week at No. 4, thanks to a reissue with bonus tracks drawn from Princeâs storied recording vault. The release was initially announced as part of a deal Prince struck with Warner Bros., his old label, three years ago, and the reissue says it was âoverseenâ by Prince before he died.
The fate of the rest of the vault, however, hinges on a high-stakes battle being fought in court by Princeâs estate.
Also on the chart this week, Kendrick Lamarâs âDAMN.â is No. 3, and 2 Chainzâs âPretty Girls Like Trap Musicâ falls three spots to No. 5 in its second week out. Lorde, who was No. 1 last week, fell to No. 13 this week.