Bryson Tiller Notches His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'True to Self'
Plus: The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" returns to the top three, and Lil Yachty debuts in the top five.
Bryson Tiller notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his second studio effort, True to Self, debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released through TrapSoul/RCA Records on May 26, earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 47,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 17, 2017-dated chart (where Tiller debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, June 6.
True to Self was released a month earlier than its expected June 23 street date, and is the follow-up to Tiller’s debut set, Trapsoul. The latter set peaked at No. 8 on the chart in January of 2016, and helped Tiller finish the year as Billboard’s top new artist. Trapsoul has earned 1.6 million equivalent album units, of which 441,000 are in traditional album sales.
True to Self was supported mostly by SEA units (57,000) and traditional album sales. The remainder of its bow came from TEA units (2,000).
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. holds steady at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, with 84,000 units (down 14 percent).
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band returns to the chart, re-entering at No. 3 with 75,000 units (up 2,062 percent) with 71,000 in traditional album sales (up 3,889 percent). It is the highest rank for the former No. 1 album since the Dec. 30, 1967-dated chart, when the set also placed at No. 3.
The album bounces back to the tally courtesy of its 50th anniversary reissue on May 26. The album was reissued in a variety of configurations, including some with a bevy of bonus tracks. It spent a total of 15 weeks atop the list back in 1967 -- the most weeks at No. 1 for any of The Beatles’ 19 chart-topping albums.
Sgt. Pepper’s’ re-entry also grants The Beatles its highest rank on the chart in more than 16 years. The band has been absent from the top three since the March 10, 2001-dated list, when the greatest hits album 1 was No. 3. (The album had previously spent eight weeks at No. 1.)
Sgt. Pepper’s was last on the Billboard 200 dated Jan. 23, 2016. It notched its last week in the top 10 on the Feb. 3, 1968-dated tally.
Drake’s More Life is a non-mover at No. 4 on the new Billboard 200, with 50,000 units (down 13 percent).
Lil Yachty’s debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, arrives at No. 5 with 46,000 units (20,000 in traditional album sales; 24,000 in SEA and 2,000 in TEA). Lil Yachty previously charted a pair of mixtapes with Lil’ Boat (No. 106) and Summer Songs 2 (No. 197), both of which peaked in 2016.
Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) stays steady at No. 6 with 40,000 units (down 8 percent), Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic is stationary at No. 7 with a little more than 38,000 units (down 2 percent), and Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 descends 5-8 with 38,000 units (down 25 percent).
The new Summer Latin Hits 2017 compilation bows at No. 9 with 37,000 units (22,000 in SEA; 15,000 in TEA and a negligible sum of traditional album sales). The set is largely driven by streams and sales of one red-hot song: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” The tune has been No. 1 for three weeks on the Hot 100 chart.
Closing out the new top 10 is Harry Styles’ self-titled effort, which falls from No. 3 to No. 10 with 36,000 units (down 47 percent).