Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Becomes UK's First Gold Album from Streaming Alone

October 5, 2017

Eighteen months after Kanye West released 'The Life of Pablo,' the album has been certified gold by the UK’s Official Charts Company. This means that the album has been passed the 100,000 purchase mark which is made all the more impressive by the fact that 'Pablo' has never had a physical release, reaching this milestone on streams alone.

Kanye’s eighth album is the first release to pass this mark since streams were added to the Official Charts back in 2015. 'The Life of Pablo' first appeared on the Official Charts in May 2016, with the album entering the rankings at number 30. Since then, the record has spent 47 weeks in the top 100. The album is Kanye's eighth Top 40 in the UK and followed 2013's chart-topping 'Yeezus.' 2007's 'Graduation' also hit the top spot.


In April, 'The Life of Pablo' became the first album to go platinum in America based on listens through streaming-only services with more than 1.5 billion US streams. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became Kanye's seventh consecutive number one album on the American chart.




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