A legendary Funny Girl beat out the bad boy of R&B for the #1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. Barbra Streisand's Partners debuts at #1, holding Chris Brown's X to a #2 debut. Streisand is sure to be verklempt by the news: This is the sixth decade in which she has had a #1 album. But Brown probably won’t be happy. His last two studio albums, F.A.M.E. and Fortune, both debuted at #1.
Streisand’s album sold 196K copies in its first week, more than any other album by a female artist so far this year. It tops Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence (182K) and Miranda Lambert's Platinum (180K). This is Streisand’s biggest opening since Higher Ground opened with sales of 207K in November 1997. It’s her biggest one-week sales tally since that album sold 402K copies during Christmas week of that year.
Partners just missed out on becoming her seventh #1 in the U.K. It enters The Official U.K. Albums Chart at #2, behind The Script's No Sound Without Silence.
I wrote much more about Streisand’s album in a separate blog we posted last week. If you missed it, here’s a link.
Even though it debuts at #2 (146K), X sold more copies than Brown’s last album did when it debuted at #1 (135K). Timing is everything. This is Brown’s sixth studio album. All six have made the top 10.
This week’s entire top five consists of debuts. It’s the first time that’s been true since the week ending Sept. 22, 2013.
Tim McGraw's 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town, debuts at #3 (71K). It’s his 16th top 10 album. The album enters Top Country Albums at #1. It’s his 15th #1 country album. Only two other artists in the nearly 51-year history of the country album chart have amassed 15 or more #1 albums. George Strait leads with 25. Merle Haggard also had 15.
George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium, which was recorded at his farewell concert on June 7, enters The Billboard 200 at #4 (51K). It’s his 19th top 10 album, which is more than any other artist (from any genre) has amassed since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. It’s also more than any other country artist in chart history.
This is Strait’s third live album. It follows For The Last Time: Live From The Astrodome (#7 in 2003) and Live At Texas Stadium (a collabo with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, #11 in 2007). All three albums were recorded in Texas venues, which is appropriate for this proud Texan.
Strait’s album is nearly as star-studded as Streisand’s collection. It features Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Ray Benson.
Train's seventh studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, debuts at #5 (50K). It’s the group’s fifth top 10 album. Train is directly followed on this week’s chart by two similar pop-rock (what used to be called “soft rock”) groups. OneRepublic's Native rebounds from #57 to #6 in its 78th week (49K), thanks to a 99-cent sale in the Google Play store. Maroon5's V drops from #2 to #7 in its third week (34K).
Lecrae’s Anomaly drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (31K) … Motionless In White's third album, Reincarnate, debuts at #9 (31K). This is the metalcore band’s first album to crack the top 40.
World On Fire by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators debuts at #10 (29K). It’s the 10th top 10 album of Slash’s career, with three solo albums preceded by six albums with Guns N’ Roses and one with Velvet Revolver. This is Slash’s second top 10 album in a row which features Kennedy & the Conspirators. They also teamed for Apocalyptic Love, which hit #4 in 2012.
Guardians Of The Galaxy drops out of the top 10. This is the first time since the week ending Dec. 8, 2013, that no soundtracks are listed in the top 10.
Led Zeppelin's 2007 compilation Mothership tops the 2 million sales mark this week … Katy Perry's Prism tops the 1.5 million sales mark in its 48th week. It’s not far off the pace of her previous album, Teenage Dream, which took 41 weeks to reach 1.5 million in sales.
Coming Attractions: Look for Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival and Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga's Cheek To Cheek to vie for #1 next week. Early projections have Chesney out front, 125K to 115K. Also due: alt-J'sThis Is All Yours (55K), Pentatonix's PTX, Vol. III (40K), 5 Seconds of Summer's EP Amnesia (35K),Joe Bonamassa's Different Shades Of Blue (24K) and Jackie Evancho's Awakening (21K).
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