Despite seeing his new album, ‘Back Home,’ best industry analyst prediction (as previously reported here), ‘I Gotta Make It’ maestro Trey Songz didn’t make the Billboard 200’s top 10 for the first time in over 13 years.
The 22-track LP’s arrival was trumpeted by official and buzz singles ‘Back Home,‘ ‘I Know a Love,’ ‘Two Ways,’ ‘I Know a Love,’ ‘Circles,’ and ‘2020 Riots.’ Though unveiled to critical acclaim, the tunes’ failure to impact the Hot 100 seemed indicative of the lack of buzz surrounding the project at large.
Delivered as the first effort of his career to hit shelves without a charting single preceding it, the October 9-released set was initially projected to debut outside the Billboard 200’s top 20 to sales equivalence of less than 21,000. While he managed to outpace predictions on the sales and chart placement front, the relative win still marked a negative milestone for the R&B heartthrob.
See what we mean inside:
Trey Songz’ ‘Back Home’
First-Week Sales (SPS): 23,500
First-Week Sales (Pure): 4,400
First-Week Billboard 200 Placement: #15
The #15 opening may serve as the week’s highest debut among all artists on the refreshed Billboard 200, but the premiere placement lands Songz his lowest first-week Billboard 200 placement since his 2005 debut album, ‘I Gotta Make It’ (which premiered at #20).
Further, the 23,500 units shifted by ‘Back Home’ marks Songz’ lowest first-week commercial performance to date.
Look below to see who joins the GRAMMY nominee on this week’s ‘TGJ Chart Check: Billboard 200.’
Billboard 200 This Week