January 31 marked a busy day for music thanks to big album releases from the likes of Lil Wayne, Meghan Trainor, Kesha, and K. Michelle.
Although early reads of sales and streams saw Wayne and Kesha lead the way among the week’s debuts to be shoo-ins for the refreshed Billboard 200’s top 10 (as we reported here), Trainor and Michelle’s LPs – both unaccompanied by the buzz afforded their preceding projects – were jetting toward their respective lowest album chart premieres to date.
With the full 7-day tracking window in their rear view, look inside to find out just where they all landed on this week’s chart:
Lil Wayne’s ‘Funeral’
First Week Sales (SPS): 139,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 38,000
“Funeral is the fifth leader for Lil Wayne, and it enters with 139,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 6, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data
Lil Wayne previously topped the Billboard 200 with Tha Carter V (2018), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and Tha Carter III (2008).
Funeral not only secures Lil Wayne his fifth leader, but also his 12th top 10 effort. He first hit the Billboard 200 just over 20 years ago, on the list dated Nov. 20, 1999, when Tha Block Is Hot debuted and peaked at No. 3.”
Kesha’s ‘High Road’
First Week Sales (SPS): 45,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 35,000
“Kesha snares her fourth top 10 album, as High Road bows at No. 7 with 45,000 equivalent album units. Of that starting sum, 35,000 were in album sales, aided by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with her upcoming tour, as well as merchandise/album bundle sales via her official website. Kesha previously clocked top 10s with Rainbow (No. 1 in 2017), Warrior (No. 6, 2012) and Animal (No. 1, 2010).”
Meghan Trainor’s ‘Treat Myself’
First Week Sales (SPS): 23,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 12,000
[sales info collected from Penske Media’s independent analytics company Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music]
K. Michelle’s ‘All Monsters Are Human’
First Week Sales (SPS): 12,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 8,200