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Rapper Wale Knocks Kanye West From Atop Billboard Album Chart

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Rapper Wale attends the re-opening of 40/40 Club in New York January 18, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Rapper Wale attends the re-opening of 40/40 Club in New York January 18, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

(Reuters) – American rapper Wale grabbed the top spot on Wednesday on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for the first time with his record “The Gifted,” while fellow rapper Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” last week’s No. 1, fell to third place.

“The Gifted” sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Wale’s previous album, 2011’s “Ambition,” sold 164,000 copies in its first week but only reached No. 2 on the weekly album chart.

West’s “Yeezus” fell to No. 3 with 65,000 in sales during the week, an 80 percent decline from its debut total of 327,000 albums sold last week.

Rapper J. Cole’s album “Born Sinner” was No. 2 on the chart for the second consecutive week.

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