Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears Debut Within Top 5 of Billboard 200
Streisand continues to hold the record for most No. 1 albums among women, and ties with Bruce Springsteen for third among all acts, coming in below Jay Z (No. 2) and The Beatles (No. 1). The 74-year-old icon’s latest album opened with 149,000 equivalent album units sold, according to Nielsen (via Billboard).
Her first album to chart at No. 1, People, was released in 1964.
Another notable win on the charts: Miss Britney Spears, who slides in at No. 3 below “bro-country” duo Florida Georgia Line. Her ninth studio album, Glory, sold 111,000 units (88,000 in traditional album sales) in its opening week according to Billboard, besting 2013’s Britney Jean, which came in at No. 4 with 107,000 units sold.
This also marks her 10th Top 5 Billboard 200 album — her first being 1999’s 14× Platinum-selling debut, …Baby One More Time.
It’s been an especially strong week for multiple acts, according to Billboard: “With Streisand, Florida Georgia Line and Spears each bowing with at least 100,000 units, it’s the first time that at least three new releases have launched with more than 100,000 since November of 2015.”
Even more great news for true lovers of pop queens: B-Day girl Beyoncé‘s Lemonade rises from No. 13 to No. 7, and Rihanna‘s ANTI moves from No. 8 to No. 9, staying locked within the Top 10 this week — all surely due to their 2016 MTV VMAs performances.
Head on over to Billboard for more information about this week’s Billboard 200 chart.
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