Moving 158,000, Wale bows at the top of the Billboard 200 this week with “The Gifted,” which becomes his first No. 1 on the album sales tally ever. His previous 2011 effort “Ambition” peaked at No. 2 but with 164,00.

J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” sits tight at No. 2 with 84,000, a 72% sales decline.
Kanye West’s No. 1 album from last week, “Yeezus,” takes a big sales hit as it moves 65,000, an 80% decline. It is the fourth largest sales decline in SoundScan history.
Skillet’s new “Rise” debuts at No. 4 with 60,000. The Christian rock group’s last album “Awake” started at No. 2 with 68,000 in 2009.
Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” moves up No. 6 to No. 5 (31,000, -23%) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the good Times” ascends No. 8 to No. 6 (31,000, -7%).
India.Arie’s “SongVersation” bows at No. 7 with 31,000. Her last 2009 effort “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics” made it to No. 3 with 75,000.
Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” climbs No. 10 to No. 8 (29,000, +13%).
A different rock act, August Burns Red, debuts at No. 9 with "Rescue & Restore" (26,000). “Leveler” from 2011 topped out at No. 11 with 29,000.
Black Sabbath rounds out the top tier, as “13” slips No. 5 to No. 10 (25,000, -44%).
Sales this week were down 10% compared to the previous week and down 13% compared to the same week last year. Sales for the year are down 6% so far.


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.