Zayn becomes first British male to score a number one debut album in the US

It's been a good week for the former One Direction member, who sets records tumbling Stateside

Zayn’s debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ has become the first ever album by a solo British male artist to debut at number one in the USA.

Released on 25 March, the album has sold ‘157,000 equivalent album units’ in its first week, which was enough to get it to the top of the Billboard 200. The chart uses various metrics to rank entrants, including numbers of album streams, but ‘Mind of Mine’ has managed a very respectable 112,000 in pure sales.

A solo British male artist hasn’t topped the American Billboard charts since 1988, when George Michael released ‘Faith’, which debuted at 41 and took nine weeks to reach the summit.

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In a week of records for the former boyband member, Zayn’s album is also the first from any UK act, male, female, group or solo, to start at the top since 2012, when his former group One Direction hit the big time with ‘Up All Night’. The band’s three other albums, ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Midnight Memories’ and ‘Four’ all made it to number one too, but not at the first time of asking.

Zayn joins such luminaries as Justin Timberlake (*NSYNC), Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) and Beyonce (Destiny’s Child) as one of the relatively few artists who have managed to score number one albums both while members of a group and then subsequently as soloists.

He also joins Clay Aiken and Lauryn Hill as one of just three artists in history to have had a number one debut single and debut album on the Hot 100 and the Billboard 200. His first single, ‘Pillowtalk’, hit the top spot in the USA in February, making him the first ever Brit to do so with their first release.

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