Chart Beat

Summer Walker's 'Over It' Earns Biggest Streaming Week Ever for an R&B Album by a Woman

Summer Walker makes a sizzling entrance on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her first studio album, Over It. The set was released on Oct. 4 via LVRN/Interscope Records and launches at No. 2 with 134,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 10, according to Nielsen Music. Over It logs the biggest week, in terms of units earned, for an R&B album by a female artist in over three years. The last R&B album by a woman to notch a larger week was Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which tallied 202,000 units in its third week on the list (May 28, 2016; at No. 2) after previously bowing at No. 1.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 19-dated chart (where Over It debuts at No. 2) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Oct. 15.     

Over It’s starting sum of 134,000 units was largely powered by streaming activity, as the set garnered 14,000 album sales, 1,000 TEA units and 119,000 SEA units. The latter figure translates to a big 154.7 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs -- marking the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman in terms of on-demand audio streams (surpassing the debut week of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, with 115.2 million). It also scores the second-largest streaming week for an R&B album among all acts (trailing only the debut week of The Weeknd’s Starboy, with 175.2 million).

Previous to the debut of Over It, Walker earned four top 25-charting hits on the Hot R&B Songs chart, including the top five hit “Playing Games.”