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The numbers are in on one of hip-hop’s busiest weeks ever. After battling for shelf space last Tuesday (June 18), Kanye West’s Yeezus, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies with the Sound Off claim the top three spots on the Billboard 200 — and HDD have got the stats. Despite using unorthodox promotional methods, Yeezus earns Kanye his sixth No. 1 with 328,800 first-week sales. Not only falling short of its 360-380k projections, this also marks Mr. West’s lowest first-week performance ever. His previous lowest was The College Dropout, which moved 441,000 copies back in 2004.

In close second is J. Cole’s Born Sinner, which totalled 297,922 units. The record is a victory all round for Cole, topping his 270-290k projections and outperforming his 2011 debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which sold 218,000 first-week copies. Meanwhile, Mac Miller sits comfortably at No. 3 after Watching Movies with Sound Off shifted 101,795 units — a shade over its 100k prediction. This isn’t far off the 145,000 first-week copies Blue Slide Park topped the Billboard 200 with back in 2011; not bad considering he didn’t have a charting single this time around.

UPDATE: Billboard and SoundScan give the official opening week number for Yeezus, 327,000 copies sold. Final results for J. Cole, Mac Miller, and Kelly Rowland arrives tomorrow.

UPDATE #2: According to Billboard, Born Sinner has officially sold 297,000 first-week copies. Watching Movies with the Sound Off tallied 102,000, while Kelly Rowland’s Talk a Good Game moved 68,000 units.

Check out the top 10 after the jump…

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Soundscan will release the official numbers tomorrow.

Lead image via Hypetrak

The Essential ‘Yeezus’ Reading List
Album Stream: J. Cole ‘Born Sinner’
Album Stream: Mac Miller ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’