Shawn Mendes Scores Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
He’s the third-youngest solo artist to achieve three No. 1 albums.
Shawn Mendes’ new self-titled, third full-length studio album bows atop the Billboard 200 chart, scoring the pop singer-songwriter his third No. 1. The set — which was released on May 25 via Island Records — launches with 182,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that figure, 142,000 were in traditional album sales. Both sums represent new highs for the artist.
Mendes also debuted at No. 1 on the chart with his two earlier full-length studio sets: Illuminate (in 2016) and Handwritten (2015).
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 9-dated chart (where Mendes debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, June 5.
Here’s a look at some notable achievements Mendes claims with his album debut:
Mendes’ Best Week Ever: With Mendes’ sizable start, he tallies his best week ever in units and sales. He surpasses his previous high-water mark, logged with the No. 1 debut of his last studio set, Illuminate, in 2016. That effort bowed with 145,000 units, of which 121,000 were in traditional album sales. (Like Illuminate, Mendes’ new album was boosted by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer.)
2018’s Second-Largest Week for a Pop Album: Mendes’ bow of 182,000 units is the second-biggest week for a pop set in 2018. It trails only Justin Timberlake’s No. 1 arrival with Man of the Woods (293,000 units; Feb. 17-dated chart).
Second-Largest Streaming Week of 2018 for a Pop Album: SEA units comprise 34,000 of Mendes’ overall starting unit sum. As each SEA unit represents 1,500 on-demand audio streams, that means Mendes’ album earned 50.3 million streams for its tracks in its opening week. That’s Mendes’ biggest streaming week ever, and the second-biggest streaming week for a pop set in 2018, following only the debut frame of Timberlake’s Man of the Woods (37,000 SEA units, equaling 55.2 million on-demand audio streams).
Third-Youngest Artist to Earn Three No. 1 Albums: As Mendes is 19 years and 10 months old, he becomes just the third solo artist to collect three No. 1 albums at such a young age. Just two acts notched their first three No. 1s at younger ages: Justin Bieber was 17 years and eight months old when he topped the list with his third leader (Under the Mistletoe, in 2011) and Miley Cyrus was just 15 years and eight months old when she collected her third No. 1 (Breakout, in 2008).
Fifth-Biggest Sales Week of 2018: Mendes’ sales bow of 142,000 copies sold is the fifth-biggest sales week of the year. Ahead of it: the debut weeks of Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (153,000), Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town (162,000), J. Cole’s KOD (174,000) and Timberlake’s Man of the Woods (242,000).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Post Malone’s former No. 1 beerbongs & bentleys is a non-mover with 104,000 units (down 15 percent).
Pusha T notches his highest charting album yet, as his third studio set, Daytona, debuts at No. 3. The seven-track album bows with 77,000 units, of which 39,000 were in traditional album sales. Interestingly, unlike most hip-hop albums lately, over half of Daytona’s starting sum was powered by traditional album sales. SEA units represented 36,000 of its overall launch. But, since Daytona only has seven tracks, the album’s SEA start is still impressive, as it collected 53.8 million on-demand audio streams for those seven songs during the tracking week.
Pusha T previously visited the top 10 once before, with My Name Is My Name, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2013.
Coming in at No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 is A$AP Rocky’s Testing, bowing with 75,000 units (album sales represent 13,000 of that figure). SEA units drive the debut, as the album starts with 60,000 SEA units (89.3 million on-demand audio streams). It’s the third straight top five-charting effort for the hip-hop star, following a pair of No. 1s: At.Long.Last.A$AP (in 2015) and Long.Live.A$AP (2013).
Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy holds steady at No. 5 on the new Billboard 200, tallying 47,000 units (down two percent). BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear falls from No. 1 to No. 6 in its second week with 46,000 units (down 66 percent). Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever slips 3-7 in its second week with 45,000 units (down 36 percent).
At No. 8, hip-hop artist Juice WRLD nabs his first top 10 with his debut studio set, as Goodbye & Good Riddance jumps seven spots in its second chart week with 43,000 units (up 84 percent). The big rise is owed to the album logging its first full tracking week, after debuting on the list a week earlier from only two days of activity (the set was released on May 23, during the tracking week that ended on May 25).
Rounding out the new top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack falls 6-9 with 43,000 units (down 2 percent) and J. Cole’s KOD dips 7-10 with 32,000 units (down 21 percent). (This story was revised on June 4 at 1:40 p.m. PT, reflecting an updated unit total and decline from Nielsen Music for KOD.)