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Chance The Rapper First To Hit Billboard Charts On Streams Alone

The times, they are a-changin’! Those who worried about music streaming sticking around can rest assured that services like Spotify and Apple Music aren’t going anywhere.

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Chance the Rapper didn’t sell a single album, but he topped the charts.

Chance the Rapper‘s album Coloring Book debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard albums chart. In itself, this isn’t that exciting of news. But it’s made highly more interesting when we consider the fact that it hasn’t sold a single album.

That’s right–Coloring Book is the first album to reach the Billboard charts on streams alone. The album launched through Apple Music’s streaming service on May 13 and landed immediately on the Billboard 200 at an impressive number eight.

In equating streams to sales, it takes 1,500 streams to equal one album sale. Chance had 57.3 million streams, which wound up being the equivalent of selling 38,000 albums.

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Chance has released three other mixtapes in addition to ‘Coloring Book.’

In working out the top 200 albums of the week, Billboard factors in traditional physical sales as well as streams. Billboard only started including streaming plays in 2014. The RIAA, which awards gold and platinum status to albums, also includes streaming metrics in its decisions now.

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