It was well expected that former One Direction member Harry Styles would debut at No. 1 on the chart with his self-titled solo debut. He's done just that both in the U.S. and in his native U.K. adding feats to his name on this side of the pond.
On the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Styles debuts slightly under early predictions and will be reflected on the May 23 update. The set moved 230,000 total units which combines sales, streaming and track sales data. 193,000 were in actual album sales which also puts him at No. 1 on Top Album Sales, a chart created when formula rules were updated in 2014. Predictions were set at 250,000 overall units and 200,000 in traditional sales.
In the U.S., Styles is breaking records for a U.K. act. He now is the male artist with the biggest debut sales week for a debut album since POS tracking began in 1991. He's also only the second male artist from the region to have a debut album open at the top of the chart since its beginnings.
Single "Sign of the Times" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April while opening at No. 1 on the U.K. Top 100 selling 142,000 and 39,000 in sales respectively. In the U.S. in its debut week, the No. 4 spot was combined with 16.5 million streams and 23 million radio impressions.
More updates are to follow once the Hot 100 tracking week is complete. Sales and streaming are tracked Friday through Thursday while radio airplay is tracked Monday through Sunday.