Producer DJ Khaled, whose latest album “Father of Asahd” released last month, is threatening to file a lawsuit against the Billboard Chart, according to Page Six.
The 43-year-old entertainer is alleging that the organization wrongly discounted 100,00 sales of the new album, causing the release to fall short of the Number 1 spot, which ultimately went to Tyler, The Creator’s “IGOR.”
Billboard allegedly discounted downloads as part of a “bundle deal” with an energy drink. Page Six was told Billboard had agreed it would count downloads from the energy drink package, which sources say amounted to more than 100,000, however, the chart giant later backtracked, disqualifying Khaled’s entire sales from the promotion, arguing there were “anomalies” in his figures.FayesVision/WENN.com
A source for DJ Khaled told Page Six, “When Khaled’s team tried to appeal, Billboard refused to budge” and that the situation was all the more unjust because Tyler, the Creator’s bundle deal figures were included in his total sales.” On May 30, Billboard announced Tyler debuted at #1 with 165,000 albums sold while Khaled was at #2 with just 137,000 sales. His team argues that it’s not fair.
A few days ago, Page Six exclusively reported that the artist had a tense meeting with the chairman and CEO of his label Epic, Sylvia Rhone, over the matter. “Khaled was frustrated his label didn’t fight harder for his bundle sales to be included,” the source explained.Apega/WENN.com
A Billboard source disputed that 100,000 sales were disqualified but admitted an undisclosed number of DJ Khaled’s sales were ruled out because “there were strange anomalies in the data,” adding that the decision was based on chart rules following talks with Khaled’s management, Nielsen, and Sony Records.
Billboard announced they have reviewed their rules allowing artists to bundle albums with merch and will outline a new policy for 2020.