The Chinese tremendous star’s first album with Universal Music Group lands at No. 100 after some gross sales have been deemed “unverified.”

Chinese pop star Kris Wu’s new album Antares debuted at No. 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated Nov. 17, after some its gross sales final week couldn’t be adequately verified.

Antares arrived with eight,000 equal album models earned within the week ending Nov. eight, based on Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 5,000 have been in album gross sales.

“Billboard and Nielsen Music have been working to validate the accuracy and legitimacy the gross sales volumes that have been reported for Kris Wu final week,” a Nielsen rep mentioned in an announcement, talking as Billboard’s knowledge supplier. “As with all situations when suppliers are unable to validate gross sales, Nielsen decides on a case by case foundation whether or not streaming or gross sales exercise is chart-eligible. In this case, we didn’t obtain the required validation sure Kris Wu gross sales for final week and have determined to take away all unverified exercise for the week ending November eight.”

Wu’s gross sales got here below scrutiny following the album’s Nov. 2 launch, when his tracks shortly started dominating the U.S. iTunes gross sales chart, occupying the highest seven track rankings. When Ariana Grande’s new single, “thank u, subsequent,” dropped the subsequent day, Wu managed to dam her from the No. 1 slot and maintained seven out f the highest eight spots on the chart.

Wu could also be a family title in China with a rising international prile, however this sort success on a U.S. chart for an act who simply signed a world cope with Universal Music Group in April appeared to some too good to be true. Soon, some started speculating Wu gamed the system to govern his U.S. gross sales.

The prevailing story — which was shared by Grande’s supervisor, Scooter Braun, after talking with Wu and his crew — is that the Chinese star held his launch again in his homeland to coincide along with his birthday on Nov. 6. That led to Chinese followers hacking into the U.S. iTunes retailer to buy the album, therefore driving it up the gross sales chart. Apple has not responded to requests for remark.

Meanwhile, Wu’s label Universal Music Group says it’s “thrilled” with the worldwide success Antares, his first album from Interscope, Island Records U.Ok. and Universal Music China. And whereas there could also be disappointment over the gross sales that didn’t depend in direction of the U.S. charts, the label is taking the lengthy view, trying ahead to constructing his star energy internationally.

“In its first week, the album has already been licensed seven-times Platinum in China, the place it’s at present the highest album on the nation’s 4 greatest streaming providers,” mentioned a UMG spokesperson. “With Antares, Kris Wu turns into the primary Chinese recording artist to concurrently land in main business and style charts throughout the U.S., U.Ok., Australia and different components the world.”

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most well-liked albums the week within the U.S. primarily based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equal album models. Units are comprised conventional album gross sales, monitor equal albums (TEA) and streaming equal albums (SEA).

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