Gwen Stefani tops the Billboard 200 with This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
Last week, industry insiders predicted Stefani would bump Rihanna’s ANTi from the No. 1 spot with her new LP, and the numbers add up. The “Misery” singer receives her first No. 1 album as a solo artist, selling 84,000 equivalent album units – 76,000 were pure album sales.
To put her impact and the unpredictable music sales culture into perspective, Stefani’s 2004 record Love. Angel. Music. Baby. peaked at No. 5 with 309,000 units in its first week. Her 2006 LP The Sweet Escape debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 243,000 units.
Following Stefani is Jordan Smith’s latest debut, Something Beautiful, at No. 2 with 54,000 units; 52,000 in pure album sales. Rihanna slips 3-1 with 52,000 units, Adele’s 25 moves 2-4 with 51,000 units and Justin Bieber’s Purpose slides 3-5 with 47,000 units.