With little warning, Hip Hop veteran Missy Elliott sent fans into a frenzy when she announced the release of her long-awaited project, ‘ICONOLOGY.’
Hitting digital shelves on August 23, the 5-song EP – her first body of work since 2005’s ‘The Cookbook’ LP – came as a celebrated reunion with longtime collaborator Timbaland and was also accompanied by a Dave Meyers-directed music video for its first single, ‘Throw It Back.’ Later promoted as part of a medley during her MTV VMA Video Vanguard performance (click here to watch), ‘Back’s first televised showing helped kick off a week of promo for the femcee which also featured radio and Web interviews.
Now, with its first official tracking week of sales in its rearview, Elliott – despite stiff competition from the likes of Taylor Swift and more – can see the fruit of her labor. Look inside to find out where she landed on this week’s Billboard 200:
Missy Elliott’s ‘ICONOLOGY’
First week sales: 17,000 units
Billboard 200 Debut: #24
Haven’t heard ‘ICONOLOGY’? Click here to stream the project.
[sales info collected from Penske Media’s independent analytics company Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music]