The rapper’s sophomore album sells 164,000 copies.
Wale's fortunes on the Billboard charts have vastly improved with his second album, as the D.C. rapper has managed to move 164,000 units of Ambition in its first week. That's nearly six times the first week sales of his 2010 debut Attention: Deficit, and enough to earn him the number two album in the country.
Ambition was only topped by Justin Bieber's first Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, which sold 215,000 copies. It was Wale's first album for Warner Bros. Records as a member of Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group after parting ways with Interscope last year over Attention's disappointing numbers. The album features appearances by Ross, Ne-Yo, Kid Cudi and more, and was led by the single, "Lotus Flower Bomb."
Also entering the charts this week was Tyrese, who cracked the Top 10 with his fifth album, Open Invitation. The LP sold 76,000 copies in its first week for a number nine debut.
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