‘A Seat At The Table’, released last week (September 30), is Solange’s first full album since ‘Sol-Angel And The Hadley St Dreams’ in 2008 and 2012’s career-revitalising ‘True’ EP.
It sold 72,000 equivalent album units, including 46,000 traditional album sales, to give Solange her first number one record on the Billboard chart. Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ sold 71,000 units to make it to number two.
‘A Seat At The Table’ features 21 songs, although eight of those are interludes. Guest cameos come from Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, The-Dream, Sampha, Moses Sumney, Dev Hynes, BJ The Chicago Kid, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews and Kelela. Solange has described the album as: “A project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”
Solange only managed to make it to number 17 in the UK, while Bon Iver was again at number two. Both were beaten by Craig David, who scored his first number one record in 16 years with ‘Following My Intuition’.
Reacting to the news, David said: “The last number one I had was with ‘Born To Do It’ 16 years ago so to have another and to share it with so many amazing people – it’s surreal. I’m seeing two generations connecting – the people who have been with me since 1999 and the crew who are just discovering me, both connecting on the same music, it’s the most amazing feeling. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I don’t know what’s going on right now!”