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Zayn's Mind of Mine debuts at No. 1

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Zayn Malik released his solo debut Mind of Mine in March and Billboard announced Monday that the album topped its Top 200 Albums chart in its first week of eligibility. The former One Direction member sold 157,000 copies of the record and is the first male U.K. solo artist to debut at No. 1 on the chart with his first album.

Malik knocked This Is What the Truth Feels Like, Gwen Stefani’s first solo album in a decade, from the chart’s top spot after it debuted at No. 1 a week earlier. His single, “Pillowtalk,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February and still sits in the top 10.

Malik “tends to keep his lyrical focus exactly where you’d expect any 23-year-old’s to be: on good girls, bad girls, hard-to-get girls, and the partying and videogames that fill the rare downtime in between,” EW’s Leah Greenblatt wrote in her B+ review of Mind of Mine. “With 1D now on permanent hiatus, there will almost certainly be other solo — and possibly bigger and better — Directions to follow soon. But Malik already has what it seems he’s wanted for a long time: a Mind of his own.”

For more on Mind of Mine, check out EW’s interview with Malik’s collaborator Malay Ho.