Justin Bieber achieves his first No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Changes debuts in the top slot with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Changes marks a noticeable sonic shift for Bieber, whose catalog contains predominately pop-genre releases. His other R&B-heavy set, 2013’s Journals, was sold exclusively through iTunes, which did not report the project’s sales to Nielsen Music and thus was unable to chart. (In 2013, Billboard’s album charts were ranked solely by album sales.)
As Changes arrives, eight of the set’s 18 tracks debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart. “Forever,” featuring Post Malone and Alabama rapper Clever, leads the pack with a No. 6 entrance and secures Bieber’s 10th top 10 on the list.
Here’s the full set of Changes’ debuts on Hot R&B Songs, which push Bieber to 20 entries since the chart began in 2012:
No. 6, “Forever,” featuring Post Malone and Clever
No. 12, “Come Around Me”
No. 14, “Habitual”
No. 16, “All Around Me”
No. 20, “Running Over,” featuring Lil Dicky
No. 21, “Second Emotion,” featuring Travis Scott
No. 22, “Available”
No. 24, “Changes”
In addition, three previously released Changes singles also occupy slots on Hot R&B Songs. “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, logs a second week at No. 1, while the set’s lead single “Yummy” rebounds 4-3 after having clocked four weeks in the penthouse. “Get Me,” featuring Kehlani, also rises 18-17 in its fourth week on the chart.
“Intentions” and “Yummy” combined for a slice of chart history last week, as the former replaced “the latter in the top slot to make Bieber just the fourth act to knock himself from the summit.