Meghan Trainor’s Title (Epic) debuted on today’s chart (Jan. 21) with sales of 195K. Based on album sales, track sales and streaming data, she scored total activity of 238K to enter Billboard’s Top 200 chart at No. 1.
This earns Trainor the biggest first-week for a female pop act’s full-length debut album since Susan Boyle entered with 701K copies of I Dreamed a Dream in November 2009, according to Billboard.
While Trainor is setting records on the pop chart, her success has roots in Nashville. The singer’s career has been fostered by Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace. Title was produced by Kevin Kadish at his studio outside Nashville.
Trainor also came close to the record held by Scotty McCreery’s 2011 release, Clear as Day, which arrived with 197K, the largest opening for any solo artist’s first full-length set.
Title’s success was propelled by her smash “All About That Bass,” which bumped at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks in 2014. Powered largely by YouTube, the video has more than 520 million views. The follow-up single “Lips Are Movin’” is also a hit.
Trainor also bumped Taylor Swift’s 1989 to No. 2 on the Top 200. In its 12th week out, the album had sales of 92K and total consumption of 131K.
Top 5 Country Albums: Sam Hunt (16K TW), Garth Brooks (13K), Jason Aldean (12K), Carrie Underwood (11K), Florida Georgia Line (8K)
Top 5 Country Tracks: ZBB “Homegrown” (74K TW), Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” (37K), Blake Shelton ft. Ashley Monroe “Lonely Tonight” (30K), Carrie Underwood “Something In The Water” (29K), Tim McGraw “Shotgun Rider” (29K)
YTD album sales are down -2.3% overall and -1.2% country.
Info according to Nielsen Soundscan.