Camila Cabello’s New Album Debuts At No. 1January 21, 2018
Pop princess in the making!
Camila tops the Billboard 200!
Congratulations are in order for Camila Cabello. Her self-titled debut solo effort opens up at No. 1, earning 119,000 equivalent album units (of that sum, 65,000 were in traditional album sales).
As Billboard points out, Camila is the first woman in three years to hit No. 1 with her debut full-length album.
Here’s a copy + paste excerpt from Billboard with all of the gritty details. You can read their entire story here.
Camila’s launch of 119,000 is larger than expected, as some industry forecasters projected the set would begin with around 90,000 units, and was in a race for No. 1 with the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman. As it turns out, The Greatest Showman — which had spent the past two weeks at No. 1 — falls to No. 2 with 104,000 units (increasing by 1 percent compared to the previous week). The Greatest Showman actually beats Camila in traditional album sales (70,000 vs. 65,000) and is the top-selling album of the week. Camila was able to come out on top on the Billboard 200 over The Greatest Showman thanks to TEA units and SEA units. Camila earned 16,000 TEA units (vs. 8,000 for Showman) and 38,000 SEA units (vs. 26,000 for Showman). Cabello is the first woman to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her debut full-length album in three years – since Meghan Trainor’s Title (also on Epic) opened atop the list dated Jan. 31, 2015. (Trainor had a previous EP, also named Title, which reached No. 15.) If we count all initial chart appearances by women (including EPs), Cabello is the first woman to top the list with her first overall charting effort since Ariana Grande bowed at No. 1 with her first full-length album — and chart debut — Yours Truly on Sept. 21, 2013.
Camila took to social media to celebrate.
“MY ALBUM IS NUMBER 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ??????????????????????????????????????,” she wrote on Instagram. “IM CRYING ON THE STREET.”
Huge props to Camila! She took a risk leaving Fifth Harmony to follow her dreams, and it paid off. Hopefully this gives “Havana” the boost it needs to finally beat Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” for a Hot 100 No. 1.
Time to ramp up the next single! My choice? Either “She Loves Control” or “Real Friends.” Stream the chart topper below: