Kanye West‘s new album ‘The Life Of Pablo’ has failed to chart in both the UK and US after it was released via Tidal last week (February 14).
The rapper’s seventh studio album is currently streaming as an exclusive on Jay Z’s music streaming service, having briefly been available to download before being swiftly withdrawn.
While streaming figures now count towards chart positions, Billboard has now explained that the record’s absence in the US chart is due to Tidal not releasing streaming data to sales measurement company Nielsen Music.
“Billboard has been informed that Tidal is not currently reporting streams for tracks on Kanye’s album to Nielsen Music,” Silvio Pietroluongo, Vice President of Billboard’s charts and data development, said in a statement to The New York Times. “Therefore streams from Tidal for this title will not contribute to Billboard’s chart rankings at this time.”
NME has contacted the UK’s Official Charts Company for a comment.
Following the album’s release via Tidal, reports claim that the record has been illegally downloaded over 500,000 times.
West also claimed that the album would never be released via traditional means and will only be streamed via Tidal.
‘The Life Of Pablo’, which follows on from 2013’s ‘Yeezus’, features guest spots from Rihanna, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and more.
West has hinted that he will release new music with Drake and Future shortly.