Harry Styles is about to have a really good week. His self-titled, debut solo album is looking at one hell of a first week showing, with consumption trending at more than 230,000 albums and a projected debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. According to multiple sources, Columbia Records tallies projections according to traditional sales, track equivalent albums and streaming metrics. Final numbers are expected to be revealed on May 21.
The well-received first studio effort by the former One Direction front man follows an equally strong out-the-gate showing the previous week by Logic. The hip-hop artist logged 247,000 equivalent album units, according to his label, Def Jam Records, of which 115,000 were physical and downloaded albums bought directly through Logic’s website.
Ah, the music business is still changing, and at lightning speed!
Styles’ first week also outpaces former bandmate Zayn Malik, whose “Mind of Mine” album, released March 25, moved 157,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music as cited by Billboard.
Getting ready for the big week, Styles took to the stage for an intimate show at LA’s famed Troubadour on Friday night. It’s no secret that Styles likes to bring out surprise guests during his shows, and he didn’t disappoint on Friday when he brought out Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks. The two performed duets on both Styles’ single “Two Ghosts” and Fleetwood Mac’s ballad “Landslide.”
It was during “Landslide” that Styles broke down in tears at the enormity of doing a duet with Nicks, and the video of the breakdown has gone viral.