On the Charts: Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ Edges Out Bon Iver for Top Spot
Solange's surprise album A Seat at the Table narrowly edged out Bon Iver's new LP to take the Number One spot on the Billboard 200. A Seat at the Table moved 72,000 total digital-only albums ahead of its November physical release.
According to Billboard, because A Seat at the Table reached the top spot, Solange and her sister Beyoncé join a very exclusive club of siblings to score Number One albums.
Only two more sets of siblings have managed that feat: Michael and Janet Jackson, and Master P and his brother Silkk the Shocker. Thanks to Lemonade, Beyoncé and Solange are also the first siblings to have a Number One album in the same year since the Jacksons' Invincible (Michael) and All for You (Janet) in 2001.
Bon Iver's 22, A Million, which was forecasted to take the top spot until Solange's short notice announcement of her impending LP, finished at Number Two with 71,000 total copies, just 1,000 copies away from A Seat at the Table's final tally. 22, A Million's Number Two debut matches the peak of Bon Iver's previous album, 2011's Bon Iver.
Besides Solange and Bon Iver, one more new release cracked the Top 10: Van Morrison's Keep Me Singing, which debuted at Number Nine and 25,000 copies.
Drake's Views and the Suicide Squad soundtrack locked down Number Three and Four. Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway blasted back into the Top 10 and settled at Number Five thanks to a deal that bundled the new LP with tickets to the group's 2017 tour, which went on sale last week.
Shawn Mendes' Illuminate, last week's Number One, fell to Number Six, where it was followed by regulars like Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman (Seven), Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface (Eight) and Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Number 10).
Next week's charts should feature a Number One showdown between Green Day's Revolution Radio, OneRepublic's Oh My My and Norah Jones' Day Breaks.