Tyrese Scores His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
Editor's note: This story was updated at 12:45 p.m. PT on July 20 after Nielsen Music revised its data. The unit totals for all titles in the top 10 have changed, as have some of the rankings.
Nearly 17 years after Tyrese made his Billboard chart debut, the singer/actor achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Black Rose.
The set blooms at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 1 with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music. Black Rose was released July 10 on Tyrese's own Voltron Recordz label, through Capitol Music Group's independent services division Caroline.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The Aug. 1 chart will be posted in full to Billboard's Web sites on Tuesday, July 21.
The latest chart is the first Billboard 200 to use Nielsen Music's new tracking week that runs Friday through Thursday. Previously, the week ran Monday through Sunday. The change was made due to the music industry deciding to release new albums on Friday each week, instead of the traditional Tuesday.
Tyrese arrived on Billboard's charts on the Aug. 8, 1998-dated R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with "Nobody Else." It was the first of so far 20 hits on the tally for the entertainer, who is currently on the list with the Black Rose cut "Shame." (It rose 17-13 on the most recently published chart, dated July 25.)
Black Rose is Tyrese's sixth album and third to reach the top 10. He also hit the region with 2011's Open Invitation (debut and peak at No. 9) and 2001's 2000 Watts (debut/peak at No. 10).
Tyrese also co-stars in 2015's highest-grossing film globally, Furious 7, which has earned $1.5 billion at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. It's also the fourth highest-grossing film ever, worldwide. Furious 7's soundtrack spent a week at No. 1 on the Billboard, dated April 25. (Tyrese, however, did not appear on that album.)
Back on the new Billboard 200, Taylor Swift's 1989 holds at No. 2 with 55,000 units (down 21 percent). This is the album's 38th consecutive week in the top 10 -- its entire chart run.
Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money slips to No. 3 after two frames atop the list. It moves 53,000 units.
The Kidz Bop Kids bow at No. 4 with Kidz Bop 29, shifting 38,000 units. All of the numbered Kidz Bop albums since Kidz Bop 18 have debuted in the top 10. In total, the brand has racked up 22 top 10 efforts. The new collection features kid-friendly (and kid-sung) covers of contemporary pop hits like Swift's "Style" and Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7 smash "See You Again."
Ed Sheeran's X descends 4-5 with 34,000 units (down 42 percent). The former No. 1 album is currently in its ninth straight frame in the top 10, and has never been outside of the top 30 in its 56 weeks on the list.
Pop/rock band R5 debuts at No. 6 with its second full-length album, Sometime Last Night (31,000 units). It's the highest-charting set so far for the group, which previously hit the chart with Loud (EP) (No. 69 in 2013), Louder (No. 24 in 2013) and Heart Made Up On You (EP) (No. 36 in 2014). The quintet comprises four siblings (Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel Lynch) along with drummer Ellington Ratliff. Ross Lynch co-stars on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally series and its Teen Beach TV movies.
Two Austin & Ally soundtracks, filled with Ross Lynch-sung tunes, have charted on the Billboard 200. In addition, both Teen Beach soundtracks -- again, boasting lots of Lynch tunes -- have reached the top 10. The first, Teen Beach Movie, hit No. 3 in 2013. Its sequel, Teen Beach 2, reached No. 10 earlier in 2015.
Rounding out the top 10 are Sam Hunt's Montevallo (5-7 with 30,000 units, down 33 percent), Meghan Trainor's Title (11-8 with 22,000 units; down 39 percent), Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late (13-9 with 20,000 units; down 35 percent) and Maroon 5's V (steady at No. 10 with 19,000 units; down 47 percent).