Camila Cabello debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart with her first solo effort, Camila, earning 119,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 65,000 were in traditional album sales. Cabello is the first woman in three years to hit No. 1 with her debut full-length album.
Camila was released on January 12 through SYCO/Epic Records.
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 Jan. 27-dated chart (where Camila debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Camila’s launch of 119,000 is larger than expected, as some industry forecasters projected the set would begin with around 90,000 units, and was in a race for No. 1 with the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman. As it turns out, The Greatest Showman — which had spent the past two weeks at No. 1 — falls to No. 2 with 104,000 units (increasing by 1 percent compared to the previous week). The Greatest Showman actually beats Camila in traditional album sales (70,000 vs. 65,000) and is the top-selling album of the week. Camila was able to come out on top on the Billboard 200 over The Greatest Showman thanks to TEA units and SEA units. Camila earned 16,000 TEA units (vs. 8,000 for Showman) and 38,000 SEA units (vs. 26,000 for Showman).
Cabello is the first woman to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her debut full-length album in three years – since Meghan Trainor’s Title (also on Epic) opened atop the list dated Jan. 31, 2015. (Trainor had a previous EP, also named Title, which reached No. 15.) If we count all initial chart appearances by women (including EPs), Cabello is the first woman to top the list with her first overall charting effort since Ariana Grande bowed at No. 1 with her first full-length album — and chart debut — Yours Truly on Sept. 21, 2013.
Cabello also joins an exclusive club of female performers who initially reached the Billboard 200 as part of a group, and then later hit No. 1 with a solo album. Cabello was formerly a member of the all-female vocal group Fifth Harmony, which claimed three top 10s while Cabello was in the group. Cabello departed Fifth Harmony in December of 2016.
Cabello follows Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Beyoncé and LeToya (both of Destiny’s Child), Lauryn Hill (Fugees), Patti LaBelle (Labelle), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Linda Ronstadt (The Stone Poneys), Diana Ross (The Supremes) and Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company). (Honorary mention goes to Selena Gomez, who notched three albums first with Selena Gomez & The Scene, before going totally solo with the No. 1 album Stars Dance in 2013.)
In addition, as Cabello is just 20 years and 10 months old, she is the youngest person to debut at No. 1 with their first full-length album since 2015, when a 16-year-old Shawn Mendes opened at No. 1 with Handwritten on the May 2, 2015-dated chart. Cabello is the youngest woman to bow at No. 1 with her first full-length set since 2013, when Ariana Grande (then 20 years and two months old) debuted at No. 1 with Yours Truly (Sept. 21, 2013).
At No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) slips one rung (47,000 units; down 10 percent). Post Malone’s Stoney climbs 5-4 (35,000 units; down 5 percent) and Taylor Swift’s Reputation is up 6-5 (just over 33,000 units; down 9 percent). G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned falls 3-6 (33,000 units; down 12 percent), Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. ascends 8-7 (30,000 units; down 15 percent), Eminem’s Revival slips 7-8 (29,000 units; down 20 percent) and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 hops 11-9 (28,000; down 4 percent).
Rapper Lil Skies is a new visitor to the top 10, as his album Life of a Dark Rose jumps 23-10 with 28,000 units (up 65 percent) in its second chart week. Powered largely by streams, the set collected 25,000 in SEA units, equaling 37 million on-demand audio streams for its songs during the tracking week. Songs leading the streaming charge for the album include “Nowadays” and “Red Roses,” both featuring Landon Cube, “Lust” and “Welcome to the Rodeo.” Both “Nowadays” and “Red Roses” ranked within the top 40 of the most recently announced Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated Jan. 20).