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DJ Khaled Narrowly Beats Imagine Dragons to No. 1


DJ Khaled’s latest album, “Grateful,” which is stocked with appearances by A-list stars, debuted at No. 1 on the album chart.

Chad Batka for The New York Times

This week on the music charts, DJ Khaled beat Imagine Dragons to No. 1, and Prince returns to the Top 5 with a reissue of “Purple Rain.”

“Grateful” (We the Best/Epic), the latest by the longtime producer and performer — and now social-media star — DJ Khaled, opened at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with the equivalent of 149,000 sales in the United States, including 50,000 copies sold as a full album, according to Nielsen. “Grateful” features guest appearances on almost every track, by the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and gives particular prominence to DJ Khaled’s infant son, Asahd — in addition to appearing on the cover, the 8-month-old Asahd is also listed as executive producer. (Asahd has his own Instagram feed, by the way, with a million followers.)

“Grateful” narrowly beat “Evolve” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), the new album by the Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons, which had the equivalent of 147,000 sales, in a different mix of formats: 109,000 copies of “Evolve” were sold as full albums, and had far fewer streams than DJ Khaled’s album had.

“Purple Rain” (NPG/Warner Bros.), the classic 1984 soundtrack by Prince and the Revolution, re-entered the chart this week at No. 4, thanks to a reissue with bonus tracks drawn from Prince’s storied recording vault. The release was initially announced as part of a deal Prince struck with Warner Bros., his old label, three years ago, and the reissue says it was “overseen” by Prince before he died.

The fate of the rest of the vault, however, hinges on a high-stakes battle being fought in court by Prince’s estate.

Also on the chart this week, Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” is No. 3, and 2 Chainz’s “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” falls three spots to No. 5 in its second week out. Lorde, who was No. 1 last week, fell to No. 13 this week.

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