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Jhené Aiko’s ‘Chilombo’ has biggest debut for female R&B artist since Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

Jhené Aiko’s ‘Chilombo’ makes history with biggest debut for a female R&B artist since Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade.’

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Jhené Aiko is making history with her latest album, Chilombo. The album has become the biggest debut from a female R&B artist since Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

The album, which is the biggest of Aiko’s career, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Album chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

According to Def Jam, the album raked in over 170 million global streams for the debut. The singles for the album have over 700 million cumulative streams.

Not only is Aiko doing numbers on the charts, the album’s corresponding tour is now sold out.

On Instagram, Aiko posted an image of the tour dates, crossed out, with the words “Sold Out” written across the top right corner. She captioned the post, “WOAH! I LOVE YOU GUYS!! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!! #CHILOMBO .”

Aiko first announced the tour on Feb. 27 through her social media accounts. The “None Of Your Concern” singer tweeted, “ready for the magic hour #TheMagicHourTour pre-sale tickets available tomorrow at 10am local on #CHILOMBO.”

“The Magic Hour Tour” is scheduled to kick off May 1 in Boston and go until the last tour stop on Jun. 27 in Saint Kitts. Queen Naija and Ann Marie will join Aiko for the 33-date journey. With the current Coronavirus pandemic occurring in the United States right now, the tour could be postponed or canceled.

Aiko recorded Chilombo on the big island of Hawaii and the album features appearances from Big Sean, Nas, H.E.R., Ty Dolla $ign, Future and more. During that time, she began experimenting with sound bowls. She told Billboard that the instruments can be heard on every track and she plans to use the bowls for future music as well.

”I’m still in transition, but I’m still me,” she said. “I still love to write all types of songs and listen to all types of music, but Chilombo definitely has a lot more acoustic instruments because I wanted it to be music that you can feel,”

She continued, “You can hear what the mic was picking up in the room. Everyone was playing actual instruments, [and] those resonate with you differently than digital. Chilombo is all of my projects that I put out prior to this combined. This is the baby — but it’s the evolved version.”

Congratulations to Jhené Aiko on this huge achievement!

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