Billboard Delays Release Of Weekly Charts After Reports Of Lana Del Rey Going To Number One

The August 12-dated charts have been pushed back because of “technical difficulties.

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Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and Billboard 200 albums chart, compiled with data provided by Nielsen, has been delayed because of “technical issues,” Billboard said in a statement on Tuesday.

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"Due to this issue, and because there is a close race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Billboard is holding back the release of all of its Aug. 12-dated charts until we get further clarity from the data provider," Billboard said in the statement.

On Monday, Chart Data reported that Lana Del Rey's Lust For Life album had earned the top spot on the albums chart, moving 103,085 equivalent album units, followed by Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy with 100,641 units, and Meek Mill's Wins & Losses with 98,594.

Billboard projected a close race between the three albums last week. The competition was made more complicated by the release of Meek Mill's Wins & Losses album in front of TIDAL's pay-wall, allowing subscribers and non-subscribers alike to stream the album for free. In a statement released July 27, Billboard confirmed that free streams of the album in front of TIDAL's pay-wall would count towards the album's chart position.

A rep for Tyler, The Creator declined to comment for this story.

Representatives for Billboard, Lana Del Rey, and Meek Mill were not immediately available for comment.

August 01, 2017
Billboard Delays Release Of Weekly Charts After Reports Of Lana Del Rey Going To Number One