Solange out of sister Beyonce's big shadow
SOLANGE, the funk singer who has long endured comparisons with superstar sister Beyonce, on Sunday earned her first No. 1 album with an innovative and introspective work she surprise-released.
A Seat At The Table, in which Solange examines the role of African American women and her own despair, debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard album chart for the week through Thursday, tracking service Nielsen Music said.
A Seat At The Table is Solange's first full-length album since 2008.
The 30-year-old singer is believed to have a warm relationship with her older sister but has resented the constant comparisons, saying she is pursuing her own path.
Solange has infused her music with electronica, psychedelia and dark New Wave and has featured in alternative rock-dominated festivals.
A Seat At The Table is interspersed with spoken word, including a snippet in which her father Matthew Knowles recalls his anger at being roughed up by police and the Ku Klux Klan as a child.
Solange explores her self-doubts on Cranes In The Sky, in which she explains how she turned to drinking, shopping and other vices to heal inner wounds.
The singer revealed the album by mailing a hardcover book with the lyrics to 86 fans picked off her website, then releasing the album four days later on Sept 30.
A Seat At The Table sold 72,000 copies or the equivalent in downloads and streaming during the week, Nielsen Music said.