(CBS News) Trey Songz has been releasing solo albums since 2005, but none of them had reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart.
Songz's luck changed this week when his latest effort, "Chapter V," debuted in the top slot with 135,000 copies sold, according Billboard, which cited Nielsen SoundScan figures. Last week's Billboard chart-topper, 2 Chainz's "Based on a T.R.U. Story," slipped to second place with 48,000 copies, followed by the "Now 43" compilation.
Songz said in a statement that his fifth studio album is his best release on a musical level - "sonically, vocally, and in respect to the songwriting...It is an album that will take you many places, emotionally and sensually." "Chapter V" features the singles "Heart Attack" and "2 Reasons."
The R&B singer's previous album, 2010's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," debuted at No. 2 with 240,000 copies.
On Wednesday, Songz posted an online note to fans titled "From me to you..."
"I want to share my deepest feelings with you on how appreciative I am to have fands, friends, Angels and loved ones like you all," he wrote. "This journey I began over 10 years ago has taught me so much. It has given me the faith to believe, the strenth to overcome and courage to wear my heart on my sleeve for you."