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Saturday July 6, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mac Miller had a quick decision to make when Kanye West jumped the street date for his new album: Move his "Watching Movies with the Sound Off" to a different week or stand firm in the face of "Yeezus."

In the end, it was a simple decision. The album was too good to wait.

"I initially just wanted my own space for my album to drop and then Kanye’s date came out and it was kind of like, ‘OK, that’s probably the worst person to go up against to drop an album,’ " Miller said. "But I’m one of those weird everything-happens-for-a-reason type people, so I felt that maybe there’s a reason I was dropping the same day as Kanye, and I think there was. I think it let people know that I have a long career ahead of me and I wasn’t just anything that people put me as before."

Miller entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 behind West and J. Cole, and much of the discussion that week revolved around Miller as interloper.

Miller, 21, sold more than 101,000 copies of the woozy, moody "Movies."

Cast as the goofy sidekick of Wiz Khalifa and known for his novelty song-turned-celebrity beef with Donald Trump, the quality of Miller’s second album is making detractors re-examine his music.

Pitchfork called it "a quantum leap in artistry" and it’s gotten solid reviews all around.


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