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6LACK’s “East Atlanta Love Letter” Debuts In Top 3 On Billboard 200 (Update)

“East Atlanta Love Letter” debuts near the top of this week’s album charts.

6lack [Terence Patrick/CBS]

Update: 6LACK’s “East Atlanta Love Letter” debuts at #3 on this week’s Billboard 200.

It trails only Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” and Eminem’s “Kamikaze” on this week’s chart, which ranks albums based on total consumption (pure album sales + units from track streams + units from track sales).

Billboard credits “East Atlanta Love Letter” with 77K first-week units, which is similar to the 76K reported by Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle earlier this week.

Interestingly, they report a substantially different pure sales total. Hits said the album sold 27K pure copies, while Billboard lists the number at 20K. Billboard, accordingly, credits “East Atlanta Love Letter” with a markedly greater number of streaming units.

6LACK’s new album “East Atlanta Love Letter” predictably fared well in this week’s US album sales and consumption races.

According to Hits Daily Double and Buzz Angle, the album sold about 27K pure US copies during the September 14-20 tracking period. With units from track sales and track streams included, “East Atlanta Love Letter” generated about 76K in total first-week consumption.

Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly from that reported by Hits. The Hits data does, however, provide a good indication of where “East Atlanta Love Letter” should land on the charts.

The pure sales figure should be enough for a Top 5 position on the Top Album Sales (pure sales) chart. The consumption figure should be enough for a Top 5 (and likely Top 3) position on the Billboard 200; only Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” and Eminem’s “Kamikaze” appear to have clearly generated more consumption units.

“East Atlanta Love Letter” is the follow-up to “Free 6lack,” which went as high as #34 on the Billboard 200.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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