Enough people took A Seat At The Table to ensure Solange Knowels the No. 1 spot!
It was a close race between the “Don’t Touch My Hair” crooner and indie-folk band Bon Iver, who came in just behind Solange with 22, A Million (it was initially predicted to debut in first place).
According to Billboard, A Seat at the Table soars to the top spot with 72,000 equivalent album units (46,000 were in traditional album sales). Meanwhile, Bon Iver’s 22, A Million pushed 71,000 units (58,000 in traditional album sales).
Ladies and gentlemen, this is another prime example of how crucial streaming is in today’s digital age. Despite Bon Iver’s album becoming the top selling album of the week, digital spins secure the top spot for Solange. Here is some statistics jargon from Billboard:
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.
This week’s Top 10:
1. Solange – A Seat At The Table
2. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
3. Drake – Views
4. Soundtrack – Suicide Squad
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
6. Shawn Mendes – Illuminate
7. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
8. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
9. Van Morisson – Keep Me Singing
10. Travis Scott – Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight