Congratulations are in order for Rihanna. The Bajan beauty and singer has finally scored her first number one album with her seventh studio album, ‘Unapologetic’. Not only did the album debut atop the UK charts it also topped the US Billboard 200 charts. The final numbers are in! ‘Unapologetic’ has sold 238,949 in its first week. The album is also the singer’s highest selling debut of her career.
Although her nearly disastrous ’777′ tour that left journalists disappointed, it was a driving promotional vehicle. The album’s controversial title and collaboration with ex Chris Brown didn’t hurt either.
That Rihanna reign certainly ain’t letting up.
Kelly Rowland‘s latest album, ‘Here I Am’, debuted #3 on the Billboard’s 200 chart this week. The album has sold 76,399 copies. Not bad for an album that received minimal promotion leading up to its release last week. Besides Rowland’s smashing BET Awards performance, the album’s promotion lacked to say the least. Although the album is not the singer’s highest charting album (her 2006 album, ‘Ms. Kelly’ debuted #2) it has given the singer her first #1 and commercial hit, with “Motivation” featuring Lil’ Wayne. However, I cannot deny I am a bit disappointed. I would have loved to see Ms. Rowland break the 100k mark. Perhaps despite a #1 single or even the lack of promotion, the album also lacks depth and more hits. This is solely my opinion of course (and this is coming from a Rowland fan). Moving along….
It seems Adele‘s ’21′ is still going strong since its release earlier this year, coming in at #2. Her album has already sold over 8 million copies worldwide while simultaneously breaking records. Undoubtedly Adele’s 21 is the best selling album this year. Beyonce‘s ’4′ album, released June 24th, seems to be going strong as well. The album comes in just behind Rowland at #4. In fact, of August 1st, the has gone platinum, according to the RIAA, with the shipment of 1 million albums in the U.S. alone. Although there has been some confusion as of late, let me emphasize by saying, units shipped does not mean units sold. To date the album has sold over 500,000, making gold but is expected to officially go platinum.
Beyonce‘s ’4′ album still reigns as the #1 album for its second consecutive week. Although the album received mediocre reviews and ave her her lowest first week album sales, queen Bey ain’t worried bout ya’ll! She’s just fine, thank you very much! The album raked in another 111,464 in sales, that’s better than most artists’ can sell in their first week. The legend in the making proves her empire is secure and even with little promotion statewide she is one of the best female artists of our time. Congrats.
As for Lloyd….hmmm…his charm, good looks and smooth R&B couldn’t help his album sales.
Congratulations to Ms. Jill Scott, so proud of her! Scott’s album ‘The Light of the Sun’ debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 135,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This is Scott’s first number one album, of the four, since her debut in 2000 with ‘Who is Jill Scott’, rising to its peak position at #17 the following year.
In her Billboard, Scott attributes feeling “Free” with the growth of her latest body of work. “That’s the word I’ve been using,” Scott says with a laugh.
“It’s exciting, because it’s on my own terms,” Scott says. “I feel like my eyes are going to bulge out of my head. It’s like starting all over again. Music shouldn’t be a chore or feel like any kind of burden. It’s free and alive. And that’s where I am.”
Kudos to Jill!
For the full story, head over to Billboard.com.