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Harry Styles' 'Fine Line' Debuts At No. 1 With The 3rd Biggest Week For A 2019 Album
Billboard's latest chart data reveals British pop act Harry Styles' sophomore album Fine Line has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, its all-genre album chart. This marks the former One Direction bandmember's second No. 1 album (out of two to date) as a solo artist and sixth overall, as the popular boy band saw four No. 1 album releases (out of five LPs) in their time together.
Billboard highlights the massiveness of Fine Line's first week, noting, at 478,000 units, it has had the third-biggest album week of 2019, only following Taylor Swift's currently GRAMMY-nominated Lover (869,000 units on the Sept. 7 chart) and Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding (489,000 units on the Sept. 21 chart). Additionally, just one week in, it is already the sixth-best selling album of 2019. The data was revealed by Billboard yesterday, Dec. 20, for its forthcoming Dec. 28 Billboard 200 chart.
In the first week since its release on Dec. 13, Fine Line sold 393,000 albums (including CDs, vinyl and digital downloads, including concert ticket and merchandise bundles) and racked up 108.7 million on-demand audio streams among its 12 tracks, which equals 83,000 Streaming Equivalent Units. The impressive 478,000 album units is rounded out by 3,000 Track Equivalent Album sales, meaning 30,000 tracks from the albums were downloaded during its first week.
The album follows Styles' self-titled 2017 solo debut album, which also debuted at No. 1 with 230,000 equivalent album sales in its first week. Now, with his anticipated sophomore follow up, the pop powerhouse has not only landed his second No. 1 solo debut, but he's also seen the best week for male pop release, only behind Justin Bieber's Purpose in 2015. It is also the biggest week ever for a U.K. male solo artist since Nielsen began tracking sales electronically back in 1991.
The big achievement for Styles' follows a busy schedule filled with appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Late Late Show With James Corden and BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and surprise shows in London in Los Angeles. For BBC, he performed two Fine Line's "Adore You" and "Lights Up," as well as a Lizzo-approved cover of "Juice" and a cheerful rendition of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," both of which you can peep below.
He will kick off his Love On Tour 2020 in the spring, with King Princess opening in Europe, Jenny Lewis supporting the U.S. and Canada dates and current GRAMMY nominee Koffee joining in Mexico. You can check out his website to see if tickets are still available near you.