Vine Star Shawn Mendes Debuts at No. 1 on U.S. Album Chart

Well, the inevitable has occurred: a Vine star has a No. 1 album.

Sixteen-year-old Shawn Mendes, a singer-songwriter who got his start on Vine, moved 119,000 units of his first album, “Handwritten,” in the week ending April 19, according to data from Nielsen Music.

Mendes’ No. 1 debut marks his second appearance on the charts; his self-titled EP peaked at No. 5 last year, moving 48,000 copies in its first week. The success of Mendes’ album is a tad unusual, given his lack of terrestrial radio airplay — his music is consumed and promoted primarily through YouTube and Twitter.

The soundtrack to “Furious 7” slides down to second place in the wake of Mendes’ album, down 29% with 79,000 units moved. The continuing success of lead single “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth coupled with the film’s consistent box office performance are keeping the soundtrack competitive, enough so that it beat out the other three new albums on the chart.

Reba McEntire’s “Love Somebody,” which came in at No. 3, is the ninth top-10 album for the country singer, debuting with 62,000 units in its first week.

Behind McEntire on the chart but miles away from her on the musical spectrum is Tyler, the Creator’s “Cherry Bomb,” which claimed fourth place with 58,000 units in its debut. Physical copies of the rapper’s fourth studio album hit stores April 18, while he attended and performed at Coachella.

Hard rock outfit Halestorm’s “Into the Wild Life” rounds out the top five, moving 56,000 units in its debut. The band’s third album made for its best sales week yet, easily outdoing its previous high of 24,000 units when “The Strange Case Of…” dropped in 2012, according to Billboard.

The rest of the top 10 is made up of minor slides from recent chart staples. The soundtrack to “Fifty Shades of Grey” dropped 9% from No. 3 to No. 6 with 43,000 units moved, kept alive by a recent radio surge for one of the collection’s singles, the Weeknd’s “Earned It.”

Taylor Swift’s “1989” may finally be losing some of its incredible momentum, descending from fifth place to seventh, down 13% with 38,000 units moved. This little dip marks the first time Swift’s album has finished outside the top five since its release 25 weeks ago.

Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran continued to show staying power, both remaining in the top 10 more than 40 weeks out from their albums’ releases. Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” claimed No. 8, also down 13% with 37,000 units moved. Sheeran’s “X” finishes in ninth again, down 9% with 36,000 units moved.

Drake finished in 10th place, down 12%, moving 35,000 units of “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.”

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