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U.S. Album Chart: Tyrese Wins First Round of New Music Fridays

Actor-singer Tyrese Gibson’s latest album, “Black Rose,” was the No. 1 seller in the week ending July 16, which marked the official shift of the international album release day to Friday.

As of July 10, new albums were no longer being released on Tuesdays, as they traditionally had been in the U.S. The new Friday release date has been adopted by more than 45 countries in an effort to make the music industry more globally unified as well as to reduce piracy.

Tyrese’s “Black Rose,” one of the inaugural Friday releases, moved 77,000 units in its debut, according to data from Nielsen Music. Tyrese has released seven studio albums, beginning with a self-titled debut in 1998. The singer has also found success on the bigscreen, most recently starring in the massively successful “Furious 7.” He and Rev. Run recently announced that they will host a relationship talk show on OWN.

The singing tots behind the “Kidz Bop” series also celebrated the start of new music Fridays with a bang. “Kidz Bop 29” debuted at No. 4, moving 38,000 units. The collection of kid-friendly covers includes renditions of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” (off the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack, no less) and Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” from “Furious 7.”

R5, another young-skewing outfit, also had a big debut. “Sometime Last Night,” the rock band’s second studio album, moved 31,000 units in its release week, good for a No. 6 start. The Ross Lynch-led quintet’s first album, 2013’s “Louder,” peaked at No. 24 on the chart.

Taylor Swift was the dominant holdover of the week, coming in at No. 2 with 55,000 copies of “1989” moved. The smash album has been on the chart for 37 weeks. Swift’s clout continues to grow; the country-to-pop transplant was nominated for a handful of MTV Video Music Awards for her “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space” vids.

Rapper Meek Mill’s “Dreams Worth More Than Money” slid to third place after debuting at No. 1 the week before. Mill’s latest moved 53,000 units, down 82% from its premiere. Only one other rap album cracked the top 10: Drake’s “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” popped up from No. 13 to No. 9, moving 20,000 units 22 weeks after its release.

Guitar-driven acts Ed Sheeran and Sam Hunt finished in fifth and seventh places, respectively. Sheeran’s “X,” which dropped 55 weeks ago, moved 34,000 units, down 42%. Sheeran also picked up a number of VMA nominations for vids “Thinking Out Loud” and “Don’t.” Hunt’s “Montevallo,” more country-leaning than Sheeran’s set, sold 30,000 units, down 33%.

Current pop titans Meghan Trainor and Maroon 5 complete the top 10 for the week. Trainor’s “Title” sold 22,000 units, down 39% in its 26th week of competition, while Maroon 5’s “V” moved 19,000 units, down 47%. Both acts received the Kidz Bop treatment on the latest installment.

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