DJ Khaled’s new album, Father of Asahd, recently made its debut at number two on the Billboard 200, a chart position the music mogul certainly isn’t happy about.
According to a Page Six report, the producer is allegedly suing Billboard over the chart results, claiming that the organization “unfairly disqualified more than 100,000 sales of Father of Asahd,” which caused him to lose the top spot to Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR.
Both Khaled’s and Tyler’s albums had received “an almost equal number of streams,” but the former’s efforts fell short due to an invalid merchandise bundle, The New York Times reported. While Tyler had offered merch like clothing and posters, Khaled had bundled his album downloads with a range of energy drinks from Shop.com. After several inspections, Billboard later concluded that Shop and its parent company Market American had promoted “unauthorized bulk sales,” invalidating those sales and disqualifying Khaled for the number one spot.
Roc Nation, Khaled’s management firm, have also stepped in to voice their displeasure on behalf of the producer. “We’re obviously not fans of bundling, nor should anyone who cares about artists making music,” Desiree Perez, chief operating officer at Roc Nation said in a statement. “But our hands are being forced by Billboard’s desperate, last-ditch effort to keep streaming from eliminating what’s left of music downloads.”
Last week, Khaled allegedly had a “tense” discussion with Sylvia Rhone, the CEO and chairman of his label Epic, regarding the issue. A Page Six source claimed that the producer was frustrated that his label “didn’t fight harder for his bundle sales to be included.”
But chart dramas aside, Khaled’s reps claim that he’s got no actual beef with Tyler himself. The controversy had been made to look as though the mogul had it out for the rapper, which was untrue, a source close to the producer told The Blast.