The "Yeezus" fall is the fourth-largest for a No. 1-bowing album in the SoundScan era.
While Wale claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week, as "The Gifted" debuts with 158,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, last week's No. 1, Kanye West's "Yeezus," falls by 80% to No. 3 -- the largest second-week percentage drop for a No. 1-debuting album in over a year. It sold 65,000 in its sophomore frame. A week ago it bowed with 327,000.
Comparatively, the average second-week drop for a No. 1-debuting album in 2013 is 69%. (West's last solo album, 2010's No. 1-bowing "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," slid by 78% in its second week.)
No. 1 debuts that were particularly front-loaded in their first sales week this year were "Yeezus," Justin Bieber's "Believe: Acoustic" (down 79% in week number two), Chris Tomlin's "Burning Lights" (down 78%) and Fall Out Boy's "Save Rock and Roll" (down 77%). On the other end of the spectrum, the smallest second-week erosion for a No. 1 bow belongs to Josh Groban's "All That Echoes," which fell by just 50% in its second frame.