On the Charts: Barbra Streisand Edges Out Florida Georgia Line
A parade of new releases stormed into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, with Barbra Streisand's new album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway leading the charge to debut at Number One.
The album, a collection of duets, sold 149,000 total copies in its first week to give Streisand her 11th Number One album and extend her own record for most chart-topping albums by a female artist. Streisand also matched Bruce Springsteen's mark of 11 Number One albums to place third on the overall list behind Jay Z (13 Number Ones) and the Beatles (19 times atop the charts), Billboard reports. Streisand last topped the Billboard 200 with 2014's Partners.
Streisand's victory didn't come easy as the singer fended off early estimates that had country duo Florida Georgia Line finishing the week at Number One. However, that band's Dig Your Roots settled for Number Two with 145,000 total copies, a mere 4,000 away from Streisand's chart-topper.
Another six-digit seller debuted at Number Three as Britney Spears' Glory placed third on the strength of 111,000 total copies, a slight improvement over the Number Four and 107,000 copies opening week of 2013's Britney Jean. Glory also marked Spears' 10th Top Five album, Billboard notes.
Besides the Top Three, one more new release managed to crack the Top 10: Young Thug's No, My Name is Jeffrey entered the charts at Number Eight with 37,000 copies, giving the prolific rapper his third Top 25 album of 2016.
Drake's Views found itself out of the top two spots for the first time, sliding to Number Four, one spot ahead of last week's champ, Frank Ocean's Blonde, at Number Five. The Suicide Squad soundtrack locked up sixth place while Beyoncé's epic VMAs performance helped catapult Lemonade back into the Top 10 and up to Number Seven. Rihanna's Anti and Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface rounded out the Top 10.
Next week, a fleet of new releases should also impact the Billboard 200, including new LPs by A Day to Remember, Of Mice & Men and Isaiah Rashad.