Beyoncé, who voices the character Nala in Disney’s new The Lion King film, sees her King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The set starts with 54,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. (with 11,000 of that sum in album sales) in the week ending July 25, according to Nielsen Music.
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 Aug. 3-dated chart (where The Lion King: The Gift debuts at No. 2) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on July 30.
The Lion King: The Gift marks Beyoncé’s ninth top 10 effort on the Billboard 200 as a soloist, and second new top 10 of 2019, following Homecoming: The Live Album (a debut at No. 4, May 4). The only other act to claim a pair of new top 10s in 2019 is Future, with Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (No. 1 on Feb. 2) and Save Me (No. 5 on June 22). (Beyoncé has actually seen three of her albums visit the top 10 in 2019 — the only act to achieve that feat this year. In addition to The Lion King: The Gift, and Homecoming, her 2016 No. 1 Lemonade returned to the top 10 on the May 4-dated chart.)
The Lion King: The Gift was released on July 19 via Parkwood/Columbia Records. Beyoncé executive-produced and curated the project and is also a producer on each of the set’s tracks.
The Lion King: The Gift, which is billed to Beyoncé & Various Artists, boasts Queen Bey performing on 10 of the album’s 14 songs. Those songs include “Spirit,” which is also heard in the film and included on its Walt Disney Records soundtrack (titled The Lion King), which zooms 31-13 on the Billboard 200.