The competition's breakout star earns a big debut with Something Beautiful
Congratulations, Jordan Smith!
The Voice‘s season 9 champ – who famously topped Adele on iTunes before nabbing the show’s top prize in December – has scored the No. 2 spot on Billboard‘s Top 200 chart with his debut album Something Beautiful.
With 54,000 copies sold, the album gives Smith, 22, the biggest debut for a new artist this year and in The Voice history. And the feat marks the highest ranking of a singing competition winner in nearly five years, his label Republic Records said.
For Smith – who once saw his high-pitched voice as “a curse instead of a gift” – his music symbolizes much more than success.
“I’ve always dealt with self-image issues, and when I saw that my singing could move people, that’s when I started to gain confidence,” he recently told PEOPLE in a candid interview. “Music saved me. It opened my world and made my life a lot more beautiful.”
Smith is in great company on the charts: season 9 coach Gwen Stefani, 46, took the top spot with This Is What the Truth Feels Like. The No Doubt frontwoman’s third solo album – and first in nearly 10 years – is filled with personal anecdotes about both her divorce from Gavin Rossdale and high-profile romance with fellow Voice judge Blake Shelton.
The current season of The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Producers are already planning for season 11: on Friday, the peacock network confirmed Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will be coaches.