Charts: Mariah Carey & Austin Mahone Finally Arrive

Carey and Austin debut on the Billboard 200 with so-so starts

Mariah Carey and Austin Mahone are the top two debuts on the Billboard 200, with both artists finally seeing their respective albums debut after long development periods.

After a series of delays, Carey's "Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse" arrives at No. 3 with 58,000 sold in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's her lowest start for a studio album since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. It's her first studio project since 2009's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" debuted with 168,000 at No. 3. The new album's soft bow can be explained partly by Carey's current lack of a hit single. She last charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on March 1 with the album's "You're Mine (Eternal)," which peaked at No. 88. Her last top 40 hit was "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel, which peaked at No. 15 a year ago - June 22, 2013.

Mahone, meanwhile, launches quietly at No. 5 with his debut effort, "The Secret," an eight-song EP that sold 46,000 copies in its first week. It bows two-and-a-half years after he first appeared on a Billboard chart, when he debuted on the Social 50 tally dated Nov. 26, 2011. Less than a year later, in August 2012, Mahone signed a distribution deal with Chase Records through Republic. In September 2013, he partnered with Cash Money. Mahone considers "The Secret" an "introduction" to his music, and aims to release a full-length set before the end of the year.

The 18-year-old has yet to secure a smash single, despite his status as a teen phenomenon, social media wunderkind, former tour mate of Taylor Swift and de facto title as a "baby Bieber" (following in the footsteps of former teen idol Justin). Mahone has charted just twice on the Billboard Hot 100, with "What About Love" (peaking at No. 66) and "Mmm Yeah," featuring Pitbull (No. 49). Prior to his EP's bow, Mahone notched nine single entries on the Pop Digital Songs chart, stretching back to the arrival of "11:11" on March 3. (Notably, only three of those tracks appear on "The Secret.") His total digital song sales stand at 2.3 million.

In other news, for those looking for the Hot 100 in the pages following this column, the chart has a "Fancy" new home in the front of the magazine.


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