‘Tyla’ Lands Top 5 Debut on Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart

Tyla’s self-titled debut album is off to a strong start on Billboard.

The album, which includes the South African artist’s hit single “Water,” debuts at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart. According to HitsDailyDouble, Tyla sold 22,571 equivalent units in its opening week. 

Tyla is the only album to debut in the top 10 this week on the chart, which SZA’s 2022 juggernaut SOS leads. 

Elsewhere on Billboard, Tyla opens at No. 1 on World Albums, No. 8 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, No. 23 on Top Streaming Albums, No. 24 on the Billboard 200, No. 30 on the Top Current Albums and No. 36 on Top Album Sales.

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Furthermore, several songs from Tyla have debuted on multiple R&B charts. The latest focus track “Art” is No. 8 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, one slot behind “Truth or Dare,” which is in its peak position. On the same chart, “No.1” featuring Tems bows at No. 13, “Jump” featuring Gunna and Skillibeng is No. 14 and “Safer” is No. 22. 

On the U.S. Afrobeats Songs, Tyla commands the following positions:

  • Water,” No. 1 (for 25 weeks)
  • Truth or Dare,” No. 3 (peak position so far)
  • “Art,” No. 1 (new)
  • “No.1” featuring Tems, No. 5 (new)
  • “Jump” featuring Gunna and Skillibeng, No. 6 (new)
  • “Safer,” No. 8 (new)
  • “On My Body” featuring Becky G, No. 10 (new)
  • “Breathe Me,” No. 11 (new)
  • On and On,” No. 12 (No. 10 peak so far)
  • “Priorities,” No. 13 (new)
  • “To Last,” No. 16 (re-entry and peak so far)

Speaking on her album, Tyla told GRAMMY.com, “I always wanted this album to be my introduction to the world. And I feel like this is the best introduction I could have made. It’s me in music form, packaging into a 14-track project. Tyla was the only title that made sense for this one. I only did my best. I’m sure that the people who receive it well are the people who are meant to hear it. I’m excited to see who loves it, what they have to say, and what comes from it.”

Sylvia Rhone, CEO and chairwoman of Epic Records, stated: “The groundbreaking success of ‘Water’ is a testament to Tyla’s God-given talent, diligent work ethic, and what can happen when those two elements marry perfectly. We’re so proud of Tyla. With each new song, video, viral dance trend, and now album, the full scope of her unique artistry becomes apparent. She’s bringing her culture to the world stage and helping to pave the way for a whole new generation of African artists.”