Katy Perry claims her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her latest release, Witness, debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on June 9 through Capitol Records, earned 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 162,000 are in traditional album sales.
Witness follows Perry’s two earlier No. 1s: Prism (in 2013) and Teenage Dream (2010). All three albums debuted atop the list. Prism, her previous studio set, launched with 286,000 in sales (before the chart transitioned to a units-based ranking in December of 2014).
As Perry’s Witness follows Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom at No. 1, the Billboard 200 has back-to-back No. 1s by women for the first time in more than a year. It last happened on the April 2 and April 9, 2016-dated lists, when Rihanna’s Anti and Gwen Stefani’s This Is What the Truth Feels Like held court, respectively. Further, Perry is just the second woman to lead the Billboard 200 in 2017 (after Halsey), and the fifth woman to be No. 1 in the past 12 months. (In that same span of time, 16 men and 10 male-dominated groups have topped the chart.)
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is a non-mover with 69,000 units (down 5 percent). The former No. 1 album has yet to leave the top three positions of the chart during its nine weeks on the list.
Buzzed-about singer/songwriter SZA nets her first top 10 album with the arrival of her debut full-length studio effort, Ctrl, at No. 3. It bows with 60,000 units, of which 25,000 are in traditional album sales. The set was powered by streams, as the title earns 33,000 SEA units (equating to 49.52 million streams for the songs on the album). The remainder of its 60,000-start is comprised of TEA (2,000 units). Ctrl is SZA’s second top 40-charting effort, following the No. 39 peak of her mixtape Z back in 2014.
At No. 4, country trio Lady Antebellum notches its seventh top 10 album, as its new studio effort Heart Break launches with 53,000 units (47,000 in traditional album sales). The act’s last release, 2014’s 747, flew in at No. 2 in October of that year with 74,000 copies sold in its first week. The group also reached the top 10 with Golden(No. 1 in 2013), the holiday album On This Winter’s Night (No. 8, 2012), Own the Night(No. 1, 2011), Need You Now (No. 1, 2010) and its self-titled debut (No. 4, 2008).
Drake’s More Life climbs one spot to No. 5 on the new Billboard 200 (a little more than 41,000 units; down 3 percent) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) also rises a rung to No. 6 (41,000 units; up 1 percent).
Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom slides from No. 1 to No. 7 in its second week, earning slightly more than 33,000 units (down 68 percent). Bruno Mars’ 24K Magicrises two positions to No. 8 with 33,000 units (up 2 percent).
Rock band Rise Against clocks the fourth and final debut in the top 10, as its new album Wolves arrives at No. 9 with 29,000 units (27,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the fifth top 10 set for the act, following The Black Market (No. 3 in 2014), Endgame (No. 2, 2011), Appeal to Reason (No. 3, 2008) and The Sufferer & The Witness(No. 10, 2006).
Closing out the new top 10 is Post Malone’s Stoney, which rises 12-10 with 29,000 units (up less than 1 percent).