Knowles’s album beat out Bon Iver‘s 22, A Million by earning 72,000 equivalent album unit in the week ending on Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music. By comparison, Iver’s album pulled in 71,000 units with 58,000 of those units being traditional album sales. Solange and Beyoncé are among the few sibling pairs, including Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, who have both earned No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
On Oct. 4, industry prognosticators suggested that A Seat at the Table would earn around 60,000 units in its first week — perhaps 5,000 behind 22, A Million. Solange’s set continued to build steam as the tracking week came to a close, surpassing its first-week forecast.
As previously noted, traditional album sales comprised 46,000 of A Seat at the Table’s total equivalent album units earned in its first week. In addition, it brought in another 3,000 in track equivalent album units, and 24,000 in streaming equivalent album units. That latter sum translates to 35.7 million on-demand streams for the album’s songs on streaming services. (It was the second-most streamed album of the week on the chart, beaten only by Drake’s streaming powerhouse Views, with 51.9 million streams for its songs.)