Ariana Grande Takes 'Vocal Rest' as 'Yours Truly' Debuts Atop Billboard 200

Ariana Grande Takes 'Vocal Rest' as 'Yours Truly' Debuts Atop Billboard 200

The Nickelodeon Star, whose debut album soars to the chart's top slot after selling 138,000 in its first week, is currently recovering after having a hemorrhaged vocal chord.
Ariana Grande's "Yours Truly" has made its way out to Billboard 200's No. 1 this week. Nielsen SoundScan reports that the 20-year-old songstress' debut album, which was released on September 3, has sold 138,000 copies in its first week.

The "Sam & Cat" star becomes the first female artist in more than three years to have her first studio effort debuting at the chart's highest position. The last artist to do so was Ke$ha, whose "Animal" opened at No. 1 back in January 2010.

Grande must be excited that her first album has topped the chart. However, she probably won't be having big celebration right now as she's currently taking some vocal rest after suffering from a hemorrhaged vocal chord, E! News says. "First day off in forever... Vocal rest and watching movies in with my best friend @alexaluria dunno what I'd do without her," Grande tweeted on September 11.

The "Baby I" singer later thanked her fans for their support and care, adding, "Thank you guys for the well wishes, I'll be better in no time... just need some rest."

Back to the chart, R&B singer Tamar Braxton's "Love and War" enters at No. 2 with 114.000, marking the largest sales week for a female R&B/hip-hop album since Alicia Keys' 2012 release, "Girl on Fire". The younger sister of Toni Braxton's newest LP also grabs the top spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Top R&B Albums chart.

Another newcomer on the chart is Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor and his bandmates have returned with "Hesitation Marks", which bows at No. 3 with 107,000. NIN's latest studio effort gives the band members their sixth top 10 album.

Debuting at No. 4 is Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend. With 68,000 copies sold, "Love in the Future" marks his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the chart. His previous two albums, 2010's "Wake Up!" and 2008's "Evolver", debuted and peaked at No. 8 and No. 4, respectively.

Rounding out the top 5 is Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party". The former first placer, which ruled the chart for two weeks in a row last month, falls from No. 2 to No. 5 with nearly 68,000.

The last artist to make a debut in the top 10 is Jaheim. The R&B singer's sixth studio album, "Appreciation Day", debuts at No. 6 with 58,000. It gives the 35-year-old entertainer his lowest sales start for a studio album.

Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" slips from No. 5 to No. 7 with 57,000, while last week's No. 1 Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King" plunges to No. 8 with 42,000. At No. 9, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" has sold additional 38,000 copies. Going up from No. 16, Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" returns to the top 10 with 35,000.

  1. "Yours Truly" - Ariana Grande (138,000)
  2. "Love and War" - Tamar Braxton (114,000)
  3. "Hesitation Marks" - Nine Inch Nails (107,000)
  4. "Love in the Future" - John Legend (68,000)
  5. "Crash My Party" - Luke Bryan (68,000)
  6. "Appreciation Day" - Jaheim (58,000)
  7. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke (57,000)
  8. "Hail to the King" - Avenged Sevenfold (42,000)
  9. "The 20/20 Experience" - Justin Timberlake (38,000)
  10. "Night Visions" - Imagine Dragons (35,000)

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