Billboard has declared — once again — that Travis Scott’s Astroworld album was the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending November 29.
Earlier this month, Nielsen Music reported there’d been an error in the numbers and they believed Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy project actually outsold Astroworld by roughly 200 units.
After a recount, the powers that be evidently discovered that wasn’t the case.
“In a historically close race, after a rigorous review of the process and the methodology by which the No. 1 ranking on last week’s Billboard 200 album chart was awarded to Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld,’ we concluded that no correction was warranted,” Billboard told TMZ.
Consequently, Dummy Boy will remain in the No. 2 spot, while Astroworld remains supreme.
[This article has been updated. The last update was published on December 7, 2018 and can be found below.]
After Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy was declared the No. 2 album on Monday (December 3), Nielsen Music has reportedly discovered his project truly did outsell Travis Scott’s Astroworld — by less than 200 units.
According to Hits Daily Double, sources at Nielsen Music say the this week’s Billboard 200 went to print with Scott in the top spot, despite explaining to those in charge via email they’d be handing the No. 1 spot to 6ix9ine.
It was initially reported that Astroworld sold 71,048 60 total album equivalent units, 31,455 pure album sales and pulled in a streaming count of 51,953,691 this week for the week ending November 29, while Dummy Boy sold 65,598 total album equivalent units, 10,137 pure album sales and a streaming count of 73,231,512.
6ix9ine doesn’t get to properly enjoy his victory. The 22-year-old rapper is currently incarcerated as he awaits trial on racketeering and weapons charges.
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on December 4, 2018 and can be found below.]
A discrepancy in this week’s Nielsen Music album sales numbers has been discovered. According to HITS Daily Double, the sales for Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy actually surpassed Travis Scott’s Astroworld album, which was named this week’s No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.
“Our team has done a deep dive and found the cause of the initial discrepancy,” Nielsen’s Drew Bennett said. “We’ve since then reprocessed the jobs necessary and re-finalized the charts. As a result, 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy will be moving to #1… Our team is working quickly to identify the root cause of this discrepancy to ensure that we get it right the first time.”
As previously reported, Astroworld sold 71,048 60 total album equivalent units, 31,455 pure album sales and pulled in a streaming count of 51,953,691 this week, a 60 percent jump from his No. 7 position last week.
Meanwhile, Dummy Boy reeled in 65,598 total album equivalent units, 10,137 pure album sales and a streaming count of 73,231,512, which wasn’t enough to knock Scott out of the coveted spot — or so it seemed.
6ix9ine is currently behind bars at a New York prison where he’s awaiting trail. He’s facing multiple felonious charges, including racketeering. A judge has set his trial for September 4, 2019.