*Jill Scott has scored her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Woman,” her fifth studio album which was released July 24. The R&B diva moved 62,000 units to top the U.S. album sales chart for the week ending July 30, according to data from Nielsen Music.
Scott’s last album, 2011’s “The Light of the Sun,” sold more than twice as many copies as “Woman” when it debuted at No. 1 with 133,000 units moved.
To promote the release of the project, Centric debuted “Woman: Jill Scott Live,” a televised concert that featured the artist singing tracks from the LP.
According to Billboard, Scott is the first solo woman to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in nearly five months. The last to do so was Kelly Clarkson, when her “Piece By Piece” album debuted at No. 1.
Additionally, Scott is the first R&B songstress to lead the charts since Beyonce’s self-titled album spent its third and final week at No. 1 (on the chart dated Jan. 11, 2014), Billboard reports.
Scott released her first album 15 years ago, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.” It debuted on the Aug. 5, 2000-dated chart at No. 168, and peaked at No. 17 the following year (March 24, 2001).
LA Times reports that data from Apple Music’s newly launched streaming service is now part of the mix of statistics that determines placement on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts. “Woman” was streamed about 1.6 million times in its first week. It knocks off last week’s No. 1, Future’s “DS2,” which slips to No. 2 in its second week with 52,000 units moved (down 65 percent).
Jill, who is currently promoting the album with a world tour, celebrated her latest accomplishment on Instagram, captioning a screenshot of the Billboard headline with “Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!”