Chris Brown continues to rack up No. 1s on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Royalty, the singer’s seventh solo LP, debuts at the top spot with 162,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 24, according to Nielsen Music. The set starts atop the chart dated Jan. 9.
For Brown, it’s his sixth No. 1 on the ranking and fifth straight leader as a solo artist; only 2007’s Exclusive didn’t reach the chart’s peak, instead peaking at No. 2. His other album to chart on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums — this year’s collaborative Fan of a Fan: The Album with Tyga — hit No. 3.
Royalty, named for his daughter, also tallies Brown’s best sales week for an album since 2011’s F.A.M.E., which moved 270,000 in its debut week.
On the Billboard 200, Royalty is No. 3 with 184,000 album equivalent units, his sixth album to hit the chart’s top five.
Brown wasn’t the only major debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Swooping in at No. 3 is King Push, the sophomore full-length from Pusha T. The album, which sells 39,000 copies, follows 2013’s My Name Is My Name, a No. 2-peaking record with 75,000 first-week copies sold.
Then there’s Monica, whose Code Red debuts at No. 4 with 34,000 sold. It’s the R&B veteran’s sixth to chart within the top five and the follow-up to 2012’s New Life, which peaked at No. 2 (a 69,000 sales start). She notched two No. 1s on the list: 2006’s The Makings of Me (93,000) and 2010’s Still Standing (184,000).