Congratulations are in order for Solange who earned her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with her album ‘A Seat at the Table’. She moved 72,000 album units with 46,000 being album sales.
Billboard explains how it works here:
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 22-dated chart (where A Seat at the Table bows at No. 1) will be posted in full toBillboard’s websites on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
On Oct. 4, industry prognosticators suggested that A Seat at the Table would earn around 60,000 units in its first week — perhaps 5,000 behind 22, A Million. Solange’s set continued to build steam as the tracking week came to a close, surpassing its first-week forecast.
As previously noted, traditional album sales comprised 46,000 of A Seat at the Table’s total equivalent album units earned in its first week. In addition, it brought in another 3,000 in track equivalent album units, and 24,000 in streaming equivalent album units. That latter sum translates to 35.7 million on-demand streams for the album’s songs on streaming services. (It was the second-most streamed album of the week on the chart, beaten only by Drake’s streaming powerhouse Views, with 51.9 million streams for its songs.)
As for Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, it debuts with 71,000 units (comprised of 58,000 in pure album sales, 1,000 in track equivalent album units and 12,000 in streaming equivalent album units). Its 12,000 streaming equivalent units figure represents 17.5 million streams of the album’s songs for the week.
22, A Million is the top selling album of the week, and starts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The list ranks the week’s best-selling albums by pure album sales.
The set was released on Sept. 30 through Jagjaguwar Records on CD, vinyl LP, digital download, cassette; and through streaming services. It follows Bon Iver’s self-titled release in 2011, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 off a start of 104,000 copies sold. The set won the 2011 Grammy Award for best alternative album, the same year the band took home the best new artist trophy.
As for A Seat at the Table, its release was only announced on Sept. 27, and it reached digital retailers and streaming services three days later on Sept. 30. It was released by Saint Records (Solange’s own label) through Columbia Records. A physical CD release of the album is scheduled for Nov. 18.
Solange made her Billboard 200 chart debut on the Feb. 8, 2003-dated list, withSolo Star, which debuted and peaked at No. 49 that same week. Five years later, she notched her first top 10 album, with Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams, which bowed and peaked at No. 9 on the Sept. 13, 2008 list. A little more than four years after that, her True album debuted and peaked at No. 157 on the Dec. 15, 2012.
As Solange and her sister Beyonce have now both earned No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, they are among the few pairs of solo siblings to have scored No. 1s. Previously, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson managed the feat, as did Master P and his brother Silkk the Shocker.