Harry Styles Album Tops U.S. Billboard Chart
mediaexpress.reuters.com: One Direction singer Harry Styles cemented his transition into a solo career with a chart-topping debut album.
His self-titled effort sold 193,000 albums, 100,000 songs and was streamed 39 million times in its first week, totaling 230,000 album units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
He's the second member of the British boy band to score a No. 1 solo album after Zayn Malik's "Mind of Mine" debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart last year.
Styles outpaced country group Zac Brown Band's latest album "Welcome Home," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 146,000 album units. And rounding out the top three was Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." with 117,000 units.
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" held onto the top spot for a second week with another 115,000 copies sold.