After the #61 debut and peak of ZAYN‘s sophomore album on the Billboard 200, 2018’s ‘Icarus Falls,’ his fans were undoubtedly concerned about how its follow-up – ‘Nobody is Listening’ – would fare given it lacked even less promotion than its predecessor.
What’s more, his junior effort – announced just a week ahead of its January 15 released date – had garnered little buzz from the record-buying public at large by the time it arrived to digital shelves, a feat underscored by the nonperformance of its singles ‘Better’ (#89 Hot 100 Peak) and ‘Vibez’ (uncharted as of time reported).
By the time industry analysts weighed in with their first-week commercial forecast, fears were affirmed low anticipation for the set would negatively impact its inaugural sales figures.
Curious to see how the 11-track project stacked up against its prediction? Look inside to see:
ZAYN’s ‘Nobody is Listening’
First-Week Sales (SPS): 14,900 units
First-Week Sales (Pure): 4,200 units
Billboard 200 Debut: #44
Though the SPS first-week figure of ‘Listening’ is less than ‘Falls’ (which shifted 20,000 its first week), the projects’ pure sales are in line with each other. ‘Falls’ – with its #61 premiere and peak – remains ZAYN’s lowest charting album to date.
Both albums’ numbers pale in comparison to the singer’s debut opus, 2016’s ‘Mind of Mine,’ which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 to the sum of 157,000 units SPS (112,000 pure sales).
Billboard 200 This Week
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