Jill Scott has ample reason to jubilate.
The Soul-filled songbird has soared to the top of the Billboard 200 for the second time in her career with latest album ‘Woman.’
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Per Nielsen Soundscan, the set opened atop of the coveted tally with sales of 62,000 equivalent album units.
As widely reported, both the singles and album tallies now include streaming data; as such – for those wondering how much ‘Woman’ sold in pure sales, said figure is 58,000.
The LP is Scott’s fifth studio effort and it follows 2011’s chart-topping ‘The Light of the Sun’ (which premiered with 133,000 copies sold in its first week). Also noteworthy is the fact that ‘Woman’ was released through the singer’s own Blues Babe imprint, with distribution via Atlantic Records.
As the industry continues to shape-shift and adapt to a sales climate that sees numbers a fraction of what they once were, Scott’s indie flavored success (as well as that of Tyrese recently) should serve to inform other R&B acts to try something new. Be that going indie or other creative avenues. Because oddly (or perhaps not), it’s the names going against the grain that are winning, while many of those following the “traditional” system are selling cookie crumbs.