Kanye West’s “Yeezus” has enjoyed some divine intervention Down Under.
The rapper’s sixth studio album has been promoted from 2-1 after charts-compiler ARIA admitted a “data error” had rendered the initial sales chart inaccurate.
“Yeezus” (DEF/UMA) had opened in the runner’s up position when the ARIA Albums Chart was published on Saturday, beaten only by Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey’s “The Great Country Songbook” (Sony Music).
But in an unusual move, ARIA today republished the ARIA Albums chart with “Yeezus” in the top spot, and “The Great Country Songbook” at No. 2.
“ARIA would like to inform Australian music fans that, due to a data error discovered after initial publication, this week’s ARIA Albums chart has been recalculated,” the trade body said in a statement issued today.
The error, it seems, comes down to incorrectly inflated sales for “The Great Country Songbook.”
ARIA General Manager Lynne Small tells Billboard the error occurred as a relatively small number of sales units were incorrectly classified as chart eligible. “There is no question that the sales were actual sales — not label promo — however we subsequently discovered that a number had been purchased by a third party for key clients. While these are obviously sales, under ARIA’s chart rules such bulk purchases are not eligible to be included in the weekly chart calculation.”
An ARIA spokesperson declined to divulge specific sales number, but said the difference in sales between the No. 1 and No. 2 album was “extremely close.”
It’s the first time Kanye West has had a No. 1 album in Australia, besting the No. 2 peak of 2011’s “Watch the Thone” and 2007’s “Graduation.” The “Yeezus’’ chart bow comes from only three days of sales (the album was released on Tuesday).
There’s some consolation for Cassar-Daley and Harvey; their collaboration is this week’s No. 1 on the ARIA Australian Albums Chart and the Country Albums Chart.