The numbers are there and Tekashi 6ix9ine’s album sales were way lower than anyone would have expected from a guy who has been flaunting his Billboard stats since he started to appear on the charts. Big Sean’s Tattle Tales and Detroit 2 launch coincided with each other and the latter formally debuted at the top of the chart with 103,000 units moved in its first week. Meanwhile, Tattle Tales debuted at No. 4 with 53K units.
After the news that their screenings went from 150K to 50K, Akademiks speculated that this may have happened because Billboard disqualified their album packages. Billboard previously announced new rules that would disqualify certain album packages from final sales, though that rule was set to roll out next month. As HipHopDX noted, the latest Billboard report on the charts revealed that 6ix9ine’s album sales included bundles. 32K of the 53K sold were from pure album sales that include “a variety of product / album packages.” 20K were from streaming units, while another 1,000 of the units came from track-equivalent album units.
Although 6ix9ine did not reach # 1 on the Billboard 200, it did take the top spot on the top album sales chart, meaning it moved more units of pure albums than anyone else on the charts. Maybe it’s not all bad news for the rapper, but it’s clear that the hype is waning, even with all the drama he’s tried to provoke.