Meghan Trainor Joins Elite Company With Debut No. 1 Single & Album
Trainor becomes just the 13th female artist with a debut No. 1 song and album, as 'Title' zooms to the top of the Billboard 200.
Following the upgrade of Meghan Trainor's debut EP Title to a full-length, the set roars to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It blasts to the summit with 238,000 equivalent units, powered by 195,000 in pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music.
The move doesn't just lift Trainor to the top of the Billboard 200; it also grants her entrance to an exclusive grouping of women who've scored a No. 1 debut album and a No. 1 debut Billboard Hot 100 hit. Title includes her debut smash "All About That Bass," which ruled the Hot 100 for eight weeks beginning in September (and became Epic Records' longest-reigning No. 1 ever, passing the seven-week commands of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Black or White").
How rare an honor is it for a rookie female artist to crown each chart out-of-the-gate? Trainor is just the lucky 13th woman to begin with a No. 1 album and song in the more than 56 years that the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 have co-existed.
Upon Trainor's latest achievement, here's an updated look at the select female artists to send their first chart entries (credited with a lead billing) on each tally to No. 1:
The Singing Nun (1963)
The Singing Nun, "Dominique"
Tiffany, "I Think We're Alone Now"
Mariah Carey (1990-91)
Mariah Carey, "Vision of Love"
Lauryn Hill (1998)
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
Britney Spears (1999)
...Baby One More Time, "...Baby One More Time"
Christina Aguilera (1999)
Christina Aguilera, "Genie in a Bottle"
Alicia Keys (2001)
Songs in A Minor, "Fallin' "
Kelly Clarkson (2002-03)
Thankful, "A Moment Like This"
Dangerously in Love, "Crazy in Love"
Leona Lewis (2008)
Spirit, "Bleeding Love"
Animal, "TiK ToK"
Meghan Trainor (2014-15)
Title, "All About That Bass"
Even more impressively, Trainor has added a second big Hot 100 hit from Title, as "Lips Are Movin" has reached No. 4. Of the 13 leading ladies above, how many have followed their debut No. 1 single directly with a second top five hit? Trainor is just the fifth, after Tiffany, Carey, Aguilera and Beyonce.
"In the year that I have known and worked with Meghan, I've been consistently amazed [by] the depth of her talent and the incredible craft that she displays in her songwriting and effervescent performances," says Epic chairman and CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid, who signed her to the label nearly a year ago after she auditioned by singing and playing ukulele (as she did last week on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
"Meghan has tapped into a positive, infectious groove that cuts across just about every genre that exists in music today."