Zayn Malik Sets Records as 'Mind of Mine' Debuts Atop Billboard 200
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The former One Direction member becomes the first British act to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. chart with a first album.

AceShowbiz - %cZayn Malik%'s "Mind of Mine" is officially No. 1 on Billboard 200. Nielsen Music reports that the album, which was released on March 25 via RCA Records, debuts atop the list with 157,000 equivalent album units that include 112,000 in pure album sales.

Zayn is now the first male U.K. solo artist to debut at the chart's No. 1 with a first album. However, this isn't his first time to have hit the chart's top slot as he previously did so with his and his former %cOne Direction% bandmates' "FOUR" (2014), "Midnight Memories" (2013), "Take Me Home" (2012) and "Up All Night" (2012).

The 23-year-old hottie additionally becomes one of only a few artists to have No. 1 records as a soloist and as part of a band. He joins former %cNSYNC% singer %cJustin Timberlake%, %cNo Doubt%'s frontwoman %cGwen Stefani% and former %cDestiny's Child% member %cBeyonce Knowles%.

Back on this week's Billboard 200, %cK. Michelle%'s "More Issues Than Vogue" arrives at No. 2 with 59,000 units (54,000 in traditional album sales). This is the singer's third album to reach the top 10, following 2014's "Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?" (No. 2) and 2013's "Rebellious Soul" (No. 6).

%cRihanna%'s "Anti" stays at No. 3 with another 50,000 units. %cJustin Bieber%'s "Purpose" rises one rung to No. 4 with 48,000, while %cAdele%'s "25" slips from No. 4 to No. 5 with 47,000. %cTwenty One Pilots% follows at No. 6 as "Blurryface" jumps from last week's No. 7 with 41,000.

%cYoung Thug%'s "Slime Season 3" debuts at No. 7 with 38,000 units, including 22,000 in pure album sales, in its first week. It gives the rapper his first top 10 effort and his highest-charting album yet, easily surpassing 2016's "I'm Up" and 2015's "Barter 6" that both peaked at No. 22.

%cChris Stapleton%'s "Traveller" falls two rungs to No. 8 with 31,000 units. Behind the country singer is rock band %cAsking Alexandria% who collects their third top 10 set with "The Black" that starts at No. 9 with 30,000. %cThe Weeknd% rounds out the top 10 as "Beauty Behind the Madness" ascends three spots with 30,000.

  1. "Mind of Mine" - %cZayn Malik% (157,000)
  2. "More Issues Than Vogue" - %cK. Michelle% (59,000)
  3. "Anti" - %cRihanna% (50000)
  4. "Purpose" - %cJustin Bieber% (48,000)
  5. "25" - %cAdele% (47,000)
  6. "Blurryface" - %cTwenty One Pilots% (41,000)
  7. "Slime Season 3" - %cYoung Thug% (38,000)
  8. "Traveller" - %cChris Stapleton% (31,000)
  9. "The Black" - %cAsking Alexandria% (30,000)
  10. "Beauty Behind the Madness" - %cThe Weeknd% (30,000)

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