DJ Khaled’s highly-anticipated album Father of Asahd didn’t go no. 1 on Billboard, and rumor has it that the superproducer has been all in his feelings about being second best. Now, in an update, a Page Six report states Khaled is in fact planning to sue.
“DJ Khaled is poised to hit the Billboard Chart with a monster lawsuit alleging the organization unfairly disqualified more than 100,000 sales of Father of Asahd, robbing him of the No. 1 spot,” Page Six states. “Khaled was furious when his album came in at No. 2 to Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR, after Billboard allegedly discounted downloads sold by the DJ and producer as part of a “bundle deal” with an energy drink. Bundle deals, which offer album downloads alongside merchandise, are a standard but controversial industry practice to boost sales.”
According to the report, Billboard allegedly agreed to count downloads from Khaled’s energy drink package – then unexpectedly decided not to.
“We’re told Billboard had agreed it would count downloads from Khaled’s energy drink package, which sources in the artist’s camp say amounted to more than 100,000. Billboard later backtracked, disqualifying Khaled’s entire sales from the promotion, arguing there were ‘anomalies’ in his figures. Page Six has exclusively learned that lawyers for Khaled have fired off a letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, SVP of charts and data development at Billboard,” the site adds.
Apparently, Billboard “refused to budge” when Khaled’s team attempted to appeal. The site’s sources also claim Tyler, the Creator’s bundle deal figures were included in his total sales, making DJ Khaled’s situation “all the more unjust.”