Years of waiting for Aaliyah‘s third and final studio album to hit streaming platforms was rewarded when the self-titled set arrived to Spotify, Apple Music, and other streamers on September 10 (as we reported here).
Her only GRAMMY-nominated LP, the critically acclaimed project is lauded for its housed tunes ‘We Need a Resolution,’ ‘Rock the Boat,’ More Than a Woman,’ and more. Immediately shooting to the top of real-time sales tallies upon its re-release, the renewed fanfare saw ‘Aaliyah’ poised to deliver the late singer’s best digital performance week yet.
With the sales tracking week closed, look inside to see how the previous Billboard 200-topper performed against industry analyst predictions.
69th-Week Sales (SPS): 27,500 units
Billboard 200 Placement: #13
Besting its forecasted 26,500 sales units by approximately 1,000 copies, the inaugural digital sales week performance of ‘Aaliyah’ marks her best digital week yet – leading to a #13 re-entry on the Billboard 200 (a tally it previously topped in 2001 the week following news of her death).
Faring even better on R&B charts, ‘Aaliyah’ – despite premiering at #2 behind Doja Cat‘s enduring hit album, ‘Planet Her’ – comes as the week’s top-selling R&B effort (pure sales) as it boasted approximately 16,300 units shifted over the past sales tracking week compared to Cat’s 600.
Look below to see who joins Baby Girl, Doja, and more in this week’s TGJ Chart Check: Billboard 200 edition.
Billboard 200 This Week
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[sales info collected from Penske Media’s independent analytics company Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music]