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Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book is the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200

Chance the Rapper’s new mixtape Coloring Book will debut this week at No. 8 on Billboard’s 200 chart, making it the first ever streaming-only album to land there. The mixtape was released without the help of a label, but was only available in its first week as an Apple Music exclusive. During that time, the mixtape earned 38,000 equivalent album units, or a total of 57.3 million streams, according to Billboard.

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When it came out on May 13th, Coloring Book was available for the first 10 hours or so as a free download on DatPiff. It was later taken down after Chance’s team said the download was unauthorized (despite the fact that his previous two mixtapes were available there). While Coloring Book is the first album ever to land on the chart entirely from streams, Billboard does note that Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo saw 99.93 percent of its units generated by streams.

Coloring Book will remain an Apple Music exclusive until May 27th.


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