Gwen Stefani’s comeback has officially been a success.
After a shaky start and a couple failed singles, Gwen’s third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 84,000 units moved. 76,000 of those were pure album sales.
It’s her first No. 1 album as a solo artist.
This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released on March 18 through Interscope Records and is Stefani’s first solo album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 (243,000 sold in its first week). Prior to that, she reached No. 5 in 2005 with Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which was released in 2004 (bowing with 309,000 sold in its first week).
The new album is supported by its current single, “Make Me Like You,” which recently reached the top 30 of the Pop Songs airplay chart.
Stefani is, of course, also the lead singer of the band No Doubt, which previously topped the Billboard 200 with its breakthrough album, Tragic Kingdom. The set — No Doubt’s first to reach the list — led the chart for nine nonconsecutive weeks in 1996 and 1997. The group has since clocked five more charting efforts, including four that hit the top 10.
With Stefani’s solo No. 1, she joins an exclusive club of artists that first reached No. 1 as part of a band or group, and then later earned their own solo leader. (In fact, she’s one of only five women to achieve the feat.)
Congrats to Gwen!