Thanks to ‘Back of My Mind,’ R&B siren H.E.R. is at the front of the line of this week’s Billboard 200 new releases.
Released June 18, the long-awaited set comes as the singer’s official debut album following multiple critically acclaimed EPs (dating back to 2016).
Ushered into chart battle by her highest Hot 100 charting singles to date (the Chris Brown-assisted ‘Come Through,’ YG-assisted ‘Slide’ and ‘Damage’) as well as excitement generated by her highly publicized wins at this year’s GRAMMYs and Academy Awards, anticipation for the 21-track LP was also ramped by its impressive guest list which featured the likes of Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby, and more.
Look inside to see just how that buzz translated commercially.
H.E.R.’s ‘Back of My Mind’
First Week Sales (SPS): 36,000 units
Billboard 200 Debut: #6
Exceeding previously reported industry predictions, ‘Back of My Mind’ shifted 36,000 units over its inaugural tracking week – the best opening sales performance of any H.E.R. project to date.
Landing her at #6 on the refreshed Billboard 200 (her first top 10), the premiere placement not only leads as the highest of any new project this week (among all artists) but also comes as the highest rung reached by H.E.R. yet.
‘Back’ bests her previous high, the 2018 EP ‘I Used to Know Her: the Prelude,’ which peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 thanks to first-week sales of 18,000.
Click here to stream the album in full.