BBMAs 2018

Aretha Franklin Earns Her Highest-Charting Album Since 1985

Matthew Jordan Smith
Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin scores her highest-charting album since 1985 with the arrival of Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. The new covers effort starts at No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200.

It matches the peak of 1985's Who's Zoomin' Who on both lists that year.

The new album is also her highest debut ever on the Billboard 200, surpassing the No. 30 bow of 1998's A Rose Is Still a Rose.

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics sold 23,000 in its first week, the Queen of Soul's best sales frame since So Damn Happy shifted 27,000 in its third week on the charts, in the week ending Oct. 5, 2003.

Above Franklin on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, rappers T.I. and Logic take the top two slots, as their latest albums debut at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

T.I.'s Paperwork sold 80,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it his seventh No. 1 on the chart.

It's his seventh consecutive studio album to hit No. 1, stretching back to 2004's Urban Legend. The new album follows 2013's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which sold 179,000 in its first week.

Rapper Logic takes a bow at No. 2 with his debut studio release, Under Pressure (73,000). Of the album's first week, 82 percent of its total sales were generated by digital retailers.

Also arriving in the top 10 is Boyz II Men, with their new effort, Collide, starting at No. 6. It's the 10th top 10 album for the vocal group, whose chart history dates to their debut album, 1991’s CooleyHighHarmony. It was their first top 10 set, and first No. 1, topping the list on Aug. 24, 1991.