Miley Cyrus Makes Huge No. 1 Debut With Bangerz
As it turned out, no one else even stood a chance. Bangerz tops the chart by nearly 200,000 units, putting Cyrus in a league of her own. It's her third No. 1 album as Miley and fifth overall, with two soundtrack titles under the guise of Hannah Montana under her belt, according to Billboard.
However, while 270,000 bests the numbers of her last release, 2010′s Can't Be Tamed (102,000 first-week sales, No. 3 debut), it's not her best overall. Her first solo release, Meet Miley Cyrus (which was paired with the Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack), hit sales of 326,000 in its first week, while the first Hannah Montana soundtrack moved 281,000 copies. Her best first-week numbers remains 2008′s Breakout, which hit 371,000.
Still, 270,000 set against other major 2013 acts is still a formidable number, helped no doubt by a high profile performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, a spot hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live, a No. 1 single in "Wrecking Ball" and an additional top five hit with "We Can't Stop."
Had Miley not decided to toss Bangerz out to the world last week, the No. 1 album in the country might have been yet another nostalgic act from the mid-2000s alt-rock crowd. Panic! at the Disco hits No. 2 this week with Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, the rock outfit's fourth LP. The album sells 84,000 copies in its first week, besting 2011′s 56,000-selling Vices & Virtues, while equaling its highest-charting album by matching 2008′s Pretty. Odd.
It was a big week for debuts in the top 10, but two major acts still held over into the top five. Drake remains in the top three with Nothing Was the Same, which sells 83,000, while last week's No. 1, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) from Justin Timberlake, drops to No. 5 with sales of 70,000. The other holdover from last week, Lorde, hits No. 6 with 63,000 copies sold of Pure Heroine. more on this story
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