Fans praying to see songstress Kesha‘s name colored atop the Billboard 200 this week with her new album, ‘Rainbow,’ certainly had those prayers answered – and in a big way.
The pop chart-topper – whose time away from album charts was mostly fueled by a highly publicized legal battle with producer Dr. Luke – launched her latest official era with the top 30 hit, ‘Praying.’ Wowing spectators with a number of live performances while on the promotional circuit, the singer’s impressive vocal deliveries and matured image have gone a long way if first week sales of the LP are to judge by. According to Billboard…
“…her new effort, Rainbow, bows atop the list. The set, which was released on Aug. 11 through Kemosabe/RCA Records, earned 117,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 90,000 were in traditional album sales.”
The handsome figures not only give Kesha the second chart-topper of her career (behind 2010’s ‘Animal’), but come as the second highest first week sales in 2017 for a female album. Only Katy Perry‘s ‘Witness’ sold more when it debuted to 180,000 in early July!
As congratz are certainly due for the ‘Woman’ wailer, look below to see who joins her in the top 25 this week on TGJ’s ‘Chart Check’:
Billboard 200 This Week