Khaled Mohamed Khaled, better known as DJ Khaled, has reportedly threatened to sue Billboard.
The US DJ, record executive and producer is said to have threatened to sue the Billboard on allegation of unfairly disqualifying over 100,000 sales of his new album ‘Father of Ashad’ — a move which he reportedly said cost him the number 1 spot on the chart.
The singer’s 15-track release debuted second place on Billboard’s 200 Albums Chart as against Tyler the Creator’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Igor’ — which debuted number one.
Khaled, 43, had reportedly been told that an estimated 100,000 downloads of his album that were sold through a bundle of deals with an energy drink brand would count towards his Billboard stats.
According to Page Six, the American entertainment magazine backtracked his numbers and disqualified Khaled’s entire sales from the promotion-bundling deal, referring to them as “strange anomalies in the data”.
Bundle deals are a standard but controversial practice that offer album download alongside merchandise as a promotional method.
Tyler reportedly bundled his album with merchandise, a move which saw him topple Billboard 200 with 165,000 equivalent album units, but the same measure landed Khaled in second place with 136,000 units, after the said disqualification.
Khaled’s lawyers had reportedly fired off a letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, senior vice president of charts and data development at Billboard, after learning of the development but “Billboard refused to budge”.
Although Billboard is reportedly working on plans to review its policy so artistes can bundle albums with merchandises in the coming years, Khaled didn’t hold back in expressing his furor about losing to Tyler.
I tried to tell y’all DJ Khaled felt a type of way about losing to Tyler when he posted then deleted this on IG 😂 pic.twitter.com/MNTjqSuoMt
— Dwayne Ducky (@Pink_Marse) June 6, 2019
“I make albums so people can hear it. You know, driving your car you hear another car playing it, go to the barbershop you hear them playing it, turn the radio on and you hear them playing it, it’s playing everywhere,” he had said in a social media rant.
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