Two acts have cracked the Heatseekers Albums chart even as their releases are also available for free.
In the case of Chance the Rapper, his much-hyped “Acid Rap” mixtape debuts at No. 26 on the chart this week with 1,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, the MC hasn’t made the release commercially available himself: while available for physical purchase on Amazon and other retailers via the label MTC, distributed by Houston, Texas’ 1Stop, Chance’s management tells Billboard they’re not responsible. The rapper remains unsigned, and “Acid Rap” was released for free (via ChanceRaps.com) in part due to rights issues stemming from guest appearances and samples. A similarly bootleg iTunes release of the mixtape was taken down.
PARTYNEXTDOOR’s self-titled mixtape notches an official success, however, with the retail version moving 2,000 copies and bowing at No. 6 on Heatseekers Albums this week. As with Chance, the mixtape is also available for free download alongside its retail release on Drake’s OVO Sound label.
Download figures for the acts’ free editions were not available. However, PARTYNEXTDOOR’s release is a streaming hit on SoundCloud, with the track “Over Here,” featuring Drake, nearly up to 900,000 plays.
With reporting by Alex Vitoulis.