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Miranda Lambert Gets First #1 Album On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.11.2014

Miranda Lambert has earned her first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with Platinum, which is her fifth overall. It sold 179,000 copies. This is her best sales week yet and the largest for a female country artist since December 30, 2012 when Taylor Swift's Red sold 241,000 copies (nine weeks after it's #1 debut with 1.2 million).

Lambert is the 11th female country artist to get to the top of the chart ever since it was first regularly published in 1956. Over 400 acts total have had a #1 album. The last female country artist to do it was Swift, who got her first #1 with Fearless on November 29, 2008.

Each of Lambert's albums have had larger debut weeks than the last. Her first album Kerosene debuted at #18 in 2005 with 40,000. It was followed by 2007's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (#6, 53,000), 2009's Revolution (#8, 66,000) and 2011's Four the Record (#3, 133,000). Platinum is also Lambert's fifth straight #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

The only other debut in the top ten this week is 50 Cent's Animal Ambition at #4 with 47,000 sold. This is his first independent release after he left Interscope Records and his sixth top ten album. His last release, 2009's Before I Self Destruct, debuted and peaked at #5 with 160,000.

1. Miranda Lambert - Platinum (179,000)
2. Frozen soundtrack (52,000)
3. Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am (48,000)
4. 50 Cent - Animal Ambition (47,000)
5. Coldplay - Ghost Stories (46,000)
6. Now 40 (41,000)
7. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (37,000)
8. The Fault in Our Starssoundtrack (36,000)
9. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (34,000)
10. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (32,000)

The numbers for The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack is its best sales week yet. It debuted at #8 with 34,000 two weeks ago and fell to #18 last week with 13,000. The Led Zeppelin albums are on the chart due to three remastered and expanded versions released on June 3. This makes them the first act to get three top ten albums at the same time since Whitney Houston did it on March 17, 2012 after her death.

Album sales totaled 4.5 million copies sold, up 8% compared to last week (4.2 million) and down 7% compared to last year (4.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 107.4 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (126.3 million).


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