REPORT: DJ Khaled Threatens To Sue Billboard After Album Fails To Go No. 1
With the release of Father of Asahd, the producer was gunning for his third-straight No. 1 album. That plan fell through as Tyler, The Creator swooped in with his own No. 1 album titled Igor.
Khaled was not pleased, reportedly going off on his label. He was described as “furious” and “angry and yelling” over the whole ordeal. No. 2 wasn’t good enough.
From what it sounds like, DJ Khaled may have a reason to be upset… He attests that 100,000 units as part of a bundle deal were not accounted for in the process. Having only fell 30,000 units short of Tyler, this was obviously a deal breaker — and apparently, Tyler’s own bundle deals were figured into his totals.
Or, not… President of Billboard, Deanna Brown revealed to the New York Times: “In this particular instance, we saw an organization encouraging purchases among their members by promising them material and organizational benefits.” This may have disqualified some or all of DJ Khaled’s bundle deals.
Either way, Page Six reports that Khaled is planning to sue Billboard over the way the albums were counted (or not accounted for). Lawyers representing the hip hop star have already sent a letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, SVP of charts and data development at Billboard, demanding a recount.
Additionally, Billboard also plans to “reconfigure its rules surrounding bundling in the next year.”
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.
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