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Louis Tomlinson's 'Walls' Brings Relaunched Arista Records Back to Billboard 200 Top 10

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Ryan Saradjola

Louis Tomlinson

Arista Records is back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in years thanks to the arrival of Louis Tomlinson’s debut album Walls. The venerable label was relaunched in 2018 after shuttering in 2011.

Walls was released via 78/SYCO/Arista on Jan. 31 and debuts at No. 9 on the Feb. 15-dated Billboard 200 chart. It’s the first new Arista album to hit the top 10 in nearly nine years.

The last time the label -- which was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis -- appeared in the top 10 with a new album was on the April 16, 2011-dated chart. That week, Jennifer Hudson’s then-new I Remember Me spent its second and final week in the top 10 (at No. 7), after debuting at No. 2 on the April 9, 2011-dated list.

In 2012, after the death of Whitney Houston, a number of her old albums, all released via Arista, revisited the top 10.

Among the many acts that called Arista home during its initial 1974-2011 run: Ace of Base, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Houston, Annie Lennox, Barry ManilowSarah McLachlan, Santana and Patti Smith.