Chart Watch: P!nk has the year's top album debut by a woman

Paul Grein


P!nk‘s Beautiful Trauma moved 408K “equivalent units” in its first week, the largest tally for an album by a female artist so far this year. P!nk’s tally is topped by only three albums in 2017—Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.(603K), Drake’s More Life (505K) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (451K).

Since late 2014, when Billboard switched from a sales-only chart to a “consumption” chart which also factors in digital track sales and streaming activity, just two albums by female artists have gotten off to faster starts. Adele’s 25 debuted in December 2015 with a mind-boggling 3,482,000. Beyoncé’s Lemonade debuted in May 2016 with 653K.

Beautiful Trauma is P!nk’s second No. 1 album in a row on the Billboard 200. She first topped the chart in October 2012 with The Truth About Love. This is P!nk’s seventh top 10 album.

In addition, P!nk lands her 21st top 20 hit on the Hot 100 as “What About Us” leaps from No. 23 to No. 13 in its 11th week. P!nk first cracked the top 20 in March 2000 with “There You Go.”

P!nk’s “equivalent units” tally includes traditional album sales of 384K. That’s the biggest tally for traditional album sales since Drake’s Views debuted with sales of 852K in May 2016. More than 200K of those sales came from a concert ticket/album sale redemption promotion. These “bundles” are an increasing factor in the album market.

Here, Billboard‘s Keith Caulfield explains how it worked in P!nk’s case: “The cost of the CD edition of the album was bundled into the purchase price of each ticket sold online to P!nk’s upcoming 40-date U.S. and Canada tour. After purchasing a ticket, customers received (via email) a redemption offer for the album, where they could choose to redeem the CD and have it mailed to them. The only sales that count towards the charts are those albums that are redeemed by customers.” P!nk’s is by far the biggest bundle of the year.

Beautiful Trauma also enters the Official U.K. Albums Chart at No. 1. It’s the third album by a female artist to become a transatlantic No. 1 in 2017. The first two were Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life and Shania Twain’s NowBeautiful Trauma is P!nk’s second No. 1 album in the U.K., following Funhouse (which peaked at No. 2 in the U.S. in November 2008.)

Top Songs

Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (featuring 21 Savage) logs its second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. “Rockstar” also holds at No. 1 for the third week on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. It’s the fourth song to spend multiple weeks at No. 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. so far this year. It follows Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber), and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.”

“Rockstar” also logs its second week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” holds at No. 2 in its 16th week. The song logged three weeks at No. 1.

Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” (featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) holds at its No. 3 peak in its 25th week.

Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” moves up from No. 5 to No. 4 in its 18th week. The song is No. 1 on Top Rock Songs for the fourth week.

Imagine Dragons land their third top five hit as “Thunder” rebounds from No. 8 to No. 5 in its 25th week. With both Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons in the top five this week, this is the first time that two rock bands have appeared in the top five at the same time since February 2007, when Fall Out Boy and Daughtry were both represented.

“Thunder” hits No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, displacing “Feel It Still.”

“Thunder” sold 66K digital copies this week, which allows it to return to No. 1 on Top Digital Songs. It’s the first song to log two or more weeks at No. 1 on the digital chart since “Despacito” had 17 weeks on top.

J Balvin & Willy William’s “Mi Gente” (featuring Beyoncé) holds at No. 6 in its 16th week.  Two weeks ago, it tied Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” as Beyoncé’s highest-charting featured credit. “Telephone” reached No. 3 in April 2010.

Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” jumps from No. 9 to No. 7 in its 15th week.

Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” dips from No. 7 to No. 8 in its sixth week. The song has climbed as high as No. 5.

French Montana’s “Unforgettable” (featuring Swae Lee) French Montana’s “Unforgettable” (featuring Swae Lee) rebounds from No. 10 to No. 9 in its 28th week. The song peaked at No. 3.

Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” drops from No. 4 to No. 10 in its ninth week. The song spent three weeks on top.

Gucci Mane lands his third top 20 hit — his first as a lead artist — as “I Get the Bag” (featuring Migos) jumps from No. 24 to No. 11 in its ninth week. Migos was in the lead spot on Gucci Mane’s biggest hit, “Bad and Boujee,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 earlier this year.

Ed Sheeran lands his eighth top 20 hit as “Perfect” jumps from No. 22 to No. 18 in its eighth week.

Camila Cabello lands her third top 20 hit as a solo artist as “Havana” (featuring Young Thug) jumps from No. 26 to No. 20 in its 10th week.

Kane Brown’s “What Ifs” (featuring Lauren Alaina) is No. 1 for the second week on Hot Country Songs. “What Ifs” is the first collaboration to top the country chart since Kenny Chesney’s “Setting the World on Fire” (featuring P!nk) a year ago.

Top Albums

Gucci Mane lands his fourth top 10 album as Mr. Davis debuts at No. 2. This is the rapper’s second album to climb as high as No. 2. He also debuted in the runner-up spot with Everybody Looking in August 2016.

Beck lands his sixth consecutive top 10 album as Colors debuts at No. 3. That matches the entry (and peak) position of his previous studio album, Morning Phase (which went on to win a Grammy for Album of the Year). For all his success, Beck has yet to reach No. 1. His highest-charting album, Guero, debuted at No. 2 in April 2005.

Post Malone’s Stoney holds at No. 4 in its 45th week.

Lil Uzi Vert’s first full-length album, Luv Is Rage 2, rebounds from No. 7 to No. 5 in its eighth week. The album debuted at No. 1.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ rebounds from No. 10 to No. 6 in its 33rd week. The album spent its first two weeks at No. 1.

Imagine Dragons’ Evolve rebounds from No. 9 to No. 7 in its 17th week. The album debuted and peaked at No. 2.

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s debut album, The Bigger Artist, drops from No. 6 to No. 8 in its third week. The album debuted and peaked at No. 4.

Lil Pump’s debut album, Lil Pump, drops from No. 3 to No. 9 in its second week.

St. Vincent lands her first top 10 album as Masseduction debuts at No. 10. Her previous album, St. Vincent, peaked at No. 12 and won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.

NF’s Perception drops from No. 1 to No. 25 in its second week. This is the sixth album so far this year to tumble from No. 1 out of the top 20 in its second week. This used to be a rare event. Now, it’s becoming commonplace.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits drops from No. 2 to No. 17 in its 237th chart week. Greatest Hits holds at No. 1 on Top Catalog Albums for the fourth non-consecutive week.

Two other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Kane Brown’s Kane Brown drops from its No. 5 peak to No. 20. Marilyn Manson’s Heaven Upside Down plummets from No. 8 to No. 84.

Robert Plant lands his 12th top 20 album as Carry Fire debuts at No. 14. Plant has had nearly as many top 20 albums under his own name as he did with Led Zeppelin (15).

Wu-Tang lands its fourth top 20 album as The Saga Continues debuts at No. 15.

Jessie James Decker’s Southern Girl City Lights debuts at No. 18. It enters Top Country Albums at No. 1, displacing Kane Brown’s Kane Brown.

The Moana soundtrack drops from No. 31 to No. 33 in its 48th week. The album peaked at No. 2.  It’s No. 1 on Top Soundtracks for the 26th week.

Coming Attractions: Niall Horan’s first solo album, Flicker, is headed for No. 1 next week.  Future and Young Thug’s mixtape, Super Slimey, is on track to hit No. 2. Also likely headed for top 10 debuts: Chris Young’sLosing Sleep and Darius Rucker’s When Was the Last Time.