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On the Charts: Shawn Mendes’ ‘Illuminate’ Nabs Number One


Shawn Mendes scored his second Number One album in as many years as the Canadian singer landed atop of the Billboard 200 with his new LP Illuminate. The 18-year-old singer previously topped the charts with his debut Handwritten in April 2015.

Illuminate easily captured Number One, selling nearly three times as many copies as the week's Number Two album, Drake's Views; Illuminate moved 145,000 total copies while Views chalked up 50,000 copies, with the vast majority of that total coming from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs). Mendes' Illuminate haul improves on the first-week sales of Handwritten 18 months ago, as that LP sold 119,000 total copies in its debut, Billboard reports.

After Illuminate and Views, the Suicide Squad soundtrack clung to Number Three, where it was followed by a pair of new releases: At Number Four, Luke Bryan's digital-only Farm Tour… Here's to the Farmer EP was either streamed or downloaded to the tune of 34,000 copies.

Bruce Springsteen's Chapter and Verse, the companion album to the rocker's memoir Born to Run, debuted at Number Five with 29,000 total copies. The compilation marks the 19th Top 10 album for Springsteen. How the autobiography fares on the New York Times Best Sellers list will be revealed later in the week; Born to Run currently ranks second on Amazon's Best Sellers list.

The bottom half of the Top 10 was populated by returnees: Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight placed Number Six, followed by Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface, Jason Aldean's They Don't Know, Rihanna's Anti and Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman.

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