Solange's 'A Seat at the Table' Tops No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart Over Bon Iver
Solange's album A Seat at the Table how quickly grown from the number one most talked about album on social media to the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. She just barely edged out Bon Iver's 22 a Million.
Though A Seat at the Table is far from Solange Knowles first album, it is however, the only album to garner so much attention for the singer without using the words "elevator," Jay Z or Beyonce's sister, when mentioning her name.
The saying the third time's a charm reigns true for the 30-year-old who's third album has landed her first Billboard number one album.
The Sept. 30 released album dropped right on the heels of an unfortunate and belittling encounter between Knowles, her family, and some unruly women who sat behind her and threw fruit at her while attending a Kraftwerk concert.
The singer/songwriter disclosed details and bared emotions in a lengthy essay titled, "And Do You Belong? I Do," posted to her Saint Heron site.
The essay landed Knowles the support of many but also drew a large lack of support from those who felt she may have somehow caused the lime throwing treatment herself.
Though she addressed much of the backlash in her Saint Heron post, it was with the album that she really unleashed her feelings on being a black woman who's made to feel undeserving, left out and unheard.
The album's 12-tracks were written and produced by Knowles and other great contributors and featured artists like Lil Wayne, Q-Tip and Kelly Rowland.
Raphael Saadiq also greatly contributed to the project as executive producer. In a recent interview he modestly explained how he never saw himself as more than just "a band member" when working with Knowles to create the sound, song titles and concept.
Together, Knowles and Saadiq masterfully crafted an album that has taken on a life on its own.
It's become a trending hashtag (#ASeatAtTheTable,) a number one album and an inspirational story to inspire many grateful listeners who now feel they finally have a seat at the table thanks to this album.