Monday, August 3, 2015

Jill Scott Scores Her Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

According to Billboard, Jill Scott celebrates her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her latest effort, Woman, debuts atop the list. The set starts at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 15 with 62,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The Aug. 15-dated chart will be posted in full to Billboard’s Web sites on Tuesday, Aug. 4.  Apple Music has been added as a streaming provider to the Billboard 200, as well as the Billboard Hot 100, other hybrid songs charts and streaming-only charts. The panel of streaming providers that contribute to the Billboard 200 now includes Amazon Prime, Apple Music, Beats Music, Google Play, Medianet, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Tidal, Spotify and Groove Music Pass (formerly Xbox Music).
Woman is Scott’s fifth studio album, and it sold 58,000 in pure album sales. It follows her chart-topping The Light of the Sun, released in 2011 (133,000 copies sold in its first week). Woman was released on Scott’s Blues Babe imprint, through Atlantic Records.
Scott is the first solo woman to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in nearly five months. The last to do so was Kelly Clarkson, on the chart dated March 21, when her Piece By Piece album debuted at No. 1. Since then, the top of the chart has also seen female-led No. 1s from the groups Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color) and Florence + The Machine (How Big How Blue How Beautiful).  Further, Woman ends a dry spell for female R&B singers at the top of the chart. Scott is the first R&B songstress to lead the list in a year and seven months, since Beyonce’s self-titled album spent its third and final week at No. 1 (on the chart dated Jan. 11, 2014).
Scott’s second No. 1 comes almost exactly 15 years after she debuted on the Billboard 200 with her first album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. It debuted on the Aug. 5, 2000-dated chart at No. 168, on its way to a No. 17 peak the following year (March 24, 2001).

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