Pop vocal group Why Don’t We scores its first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its first full-length studio set, 8 Letters, bows at No. 9. The set earned 44,000 units in the week ending Sept. 6 according to Nielsen Music, with 37,000 of that sum 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 as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 15-dated chart -- where 8 Letters debuts at No. 9 -- will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Why Don’t We made its Billboard chart debut on Dec. 17, 2016, when its first EP, the independently-distributed Only the Beginning, entered the Heatseekers Albums chart. The group charted four further EPs on the tally through the Nov. 2017 release A Why Don’t We Christmas. One of those EPs, Invitation, reached the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 113 on Oct. 14, 2017.
The five-member group signed to Atlantic Records in mid-2017, and has since notched a pair of hits on the Pop Songs airplay chart with “Something Different” and “Trust Fund Baby.”