Wale Reaches No. 1 on Billboard Charts
This is Wale's second go-'round in the Top 10. His last LP, 2011's Ambition, hit No. 2 with 164,000 copies sold in its first week. (He was trounced by Justin Bieber's Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. Ouch.) In its first week, The Gifted actually sold fewer copies than Wale's second album, moving 158,000 albums to hit No. 1.
If that number sounds kind of low, consider that because of the whole record-industry-collapsing thing, getting to No. 1 is a lot easier than it used to be. Long gone are the days of having to sell millions to crack the top slot. For context: Kanye West's Yeezus debuted at No. 1 with a lower-than-anticipated 327,000 sales in its first week. (Kanye now sits comfortably at No. 3.)
On Twitter, Wale began celebrating yesterday—as did his label, Rick Ross' Maybach Music. But in customary Wale fashion, the success doesn't come without a little griping. As soon as Wale announced the good news on his favorite social media platform, he began complaining about haters trying to bring him down.
Wale, for the sake of your mental health, just try to enjoy this moment.