The set debuts at No. 1 on the New Age Albums chart.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama appears on Billboard's charts for the first time with his debut album release, Inner World.
The album debuts at No. 1 on the New Age Albums chart (dated July 18) and No. 8 on World Albums with 2,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. About half of that sum is via album sales, as the set concurrently debuts at No. 98 on the all-genre Album Sales chart.
Inner World, which was released on the Dalai Lama's 85th birthday, July 6, features his spoken-word mantras and teachings mixed with music. The music was recorded by New Zealand musicians Junelle and Abraham Kunin.