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Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘Vultures’ chart at No. 1 on Billboard – The Washington Post

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Ye’s latest album, “Vultures 1,” topped the Billboard 200 chart this week, suggesting the rapper has retained much of his popularity despite a series of anti-Semitic and other hateful remarks that have alienated him from business partners and many other celebrities.

Ye’s latest success marks his 11th time at the top of the chart. “Vultures 1” achieved the equivalent of 148,000 sales, measured by a mix of album sales, song downloads and streams, according to Luminate. Most of the listening came from streaming, with nearly 170 million official streams.

The high ranking also comes despite accusations that the album – Ye’s first since his tirades against Jews in late 2022 – used unauthorized samples from other artists, among other issues leading up to and following its February 10 release.

The rapper formerly known as Kanye West originally announced that the album would be released in December, but its release was repeatedly postponed due to reports that Ye worry obtain permission to sample a Backstreet Boys song and use a Nicki Minaj verse for two tracks which ultimately never appeared on the official 16-track album.

Further challenges arose after Ye and his collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign, under the name ¥$, previewed “Vultures” at listening parties in Chicago and New York before its release.

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Ozzy Osbourne wrote on social networks that he had denied Ye permission to sample a live performance of 1983’s “Iron Man” – “BECAUSE HE IS AN ANTISEMITE AND HAS CAUSED UNDISTABLE HEART BREAKS TO MANY.”

“HE went ahead and used the sample at his album listening party last night anyway,” Osbourne continued. “I WANT ANY ASSOCIATION WITH THIS MAN!” »

Spotify later removed one of the tracks from the new album, “Good (Don’t Die)”, after Donna Summer’s estate accused Ye of copyright infringement for recreating part of her disco hit ” I Feel Love” after being refused permission.

And the entire album briefly disappeared from Apple Music on Thursday, as a music distributor attempted to remove it from streaming platforms.

Fuga, who was originally contacted to distribute “Vultures 1,” said in a statement that he declined to do so late last year, “exercising judgment in the ordinary course of business.” The company said “a long-time customer” brought the album to streaming platforms anyway, in violation of Fuga’s service agreement. “Therefore, FUGA is actively working with its… partners and the customer to remove “Vultures 1” from our systems. Fuga did not respond to a request for comment.

Late Thursday, several media outlets reported that Label Engine, which initially released the album’s first two singles, was now in charge of distributing the album.

Despite the hiccups when the album was released, listeners still listened to “Vultures.” He eclipsed Usher’s No. 2 ranking with his latest album “Coming Home,” released just before his Super Bowl halftime performance. Earning the equivalent of 91,000 sales, Usher’s ninth studio album earned him his highest position on the albums chart in over a decade.

Ye’s business partners and many of his former fans turned on him when the Grammy-winning artist suddenly descended into public anti-Semitism.

Companies including Balenciaga, Creative Artists Agency and JPMorgan Chase cut ties after Ye wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt to his 2022 Paris Fashion Week show and posted on social media that “He would play “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE.” His net worth plunged after he was excluded from his partnership with Adidas, which houses his Yeezy shoe line which accounted for nearly 10% of revenue annual event of the German sportswear brand.

Ye apologized for his anti-Semitic comments last December in a now-deleted Instagram post, written in Hebrew.

“I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any “unintentional outburst.” I did not intend to hurt or demean, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused,” the message read. “I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future. Your forgiveness is important to me and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity.

When Ye was asked about the same remarks in a recent TMZ interview, he responded, “Black people can’t be anti-Semitic.” We are Jews. » He also said he “survived the cancellation” thanks to his skills and fan base, and he dismissed concerns about his work being removed from streaming platforms due to low pay. artists.

“Vultures” was also less desolate. In the title track, Ye asks how he can be anti-Semitic if he had sex with a Jewish woman, and he mentions in his song “Stars” that he keeps “a few Jews on his team now.”

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