CMA Awards 2018
Prince Crowns Dual Charts, Scores First Top Rock Albums No. 1
Prince lands two concurrent chart-topping debuts as Art Official Age crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, while Prince & 3rdEyeGirl's Plectrumelectrum awards the musician his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums.
Art Official Age arrives with 51,000 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 5 (according to Nielsen SoundScan), logging Prince his sixth No. 1 on the list, and first in five years. Prince landed his first chart-topping album 30 years ago when the Purple Rain soundtrack reached No. 1 in 1984 and spent 19 weeks atop the list. Art Official Age notches Prince his 15th top 10 on the Billboard 200, where it enters at No. 5.
The rock-driven Plectrumelectrum debuts on at No. 1 Top Rock Albums with 23,000 copies sold, and introduces Prince's all-female backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, to the Billboard charts. The trio (drummer Hannah "Ford" Welton, guitarist Ida Nielsen and guitarist Donna Grantis) was assembled by Prince and first joined him on his Live Out Loud Tour in 2013.
The dual-chart showing is the first time an artist has posted two different No. 1 titles on both lists in the eight-year history of the Top Rock Albums chart. However, Beastie Boys had a simultaneous No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2011, when Hot Sauce Committee Part Two debuted atop both lists.