The R&B artist SZA’s seven-week reign at the top of the Billboard chart came to an end this week when the K-pop group Tomorrow X Together earned its first No. 1 album by riding high fan interest in its collectible CDs.
According to the tracking website Luminate, “The Name Chapter: Temptation,” a five-song EP by the South Korean boy band that lasts under 15 minutes, sold 161,500 equivalent units in total, including physical sales, downloads, and streams.
Billboard stated that 98 percent of the purchases were made using antiquated CD technology. The group issued 14 distinct editions, some of which included with extras like photo albums and postcards and were autographed.
Tomorrow X Together, which consists of the musicians Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Hueningkai, has now achieved its third Top 5 release with the No. 1 debut. Previously, the group’s single “Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child” peaked at No.
Its pure sales numbers for “The Name Chapter: Temptation” were the highest on the chart since Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” in November, Billboard said. SZA’s “SOS,” a consistent hit on streaming services, falls to No. 2 for the first time, with another 100,000 units in its eighth week of release.
Overall, the album has topped more than one billion streams and one million in equivalent sales. Swift’s “Midnights” comes in at No. 3 with 68,000 units; the rap producer Metro Boomin’s “Heroes & Villains” is No. 4 with 47,000; and Drake and 21 Savage’s joint release, “Her Loss,” is No. 5 with 44,000.
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Further down in the Top 10 were debuted by Sam Smith, whose “Gloria” hit No. 7 (and took home a Grammy on Sunday night for the single “Unholy”), while Lil Yachty’s “Let’s Start Here,” a psychedelic foray that strays from rap music, lands at No. 9.
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