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Bjork's Rush-Released Album Debuts in Top 20 on Billboard 200

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Bjork photographed in 2015.

Less than a week after Bjork announced her new album Vulnicura on Jan. 13, the entire set leaked to the Internet, prompting the singer to rush-release the effort via download a mere handful of days after it was announced -- on Jan. 20. That was months before it was originally slated for release, in March.
 
Talk about a fast turnaround.
 
Perhaps the publicity surrounding the leak and the accelerated release helped spur sales for the set, which enters at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with just over 23,000 units and at No. 15 on Top Album Sales with 23,000 sold in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. It starts stronger than Bjork's last studio effort, 2011's Biophilia, which launched at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 with 15,000 sold in its first week.

The new album also bows at No. 5 on Alternative Albums and No. 6 on Top Rock Albums.

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Vulnicura, which Björk describes on her website as a "complete heartbreak album," will be released on CD and vinyl on March 3.
 
Although she's had a long career on the charts -- dating back to her 1993 solo debut -- high-charting albums continue to elude Bjork. She has notched just one top 10 set on the Billboard 200 in a dozen visits to the list: 2007's Volta debuted and peaked at No. 9.
 
Bjork's two biggest-selling albums, however, are titles that never even reached the top 30 -- despite lengthy chart runs. Her 1993 debut, appropriately titled Debut, spent 31 weeks on the list and topped out at No. 61. Supported by her only two top 10 hits on the Alternative Songs chart ("Human Behaviour" and "Big Time Sensuality"), the album went on to sell 930,000 -- her biggest-selling effort.

Her second album, 1995's Post, is her second-largest seller (846,000) and peaked at No. 32 but spent 20 weeks on the tally. The album contained two Dance Club Songs No. 1s ("Hyper-Ballad" and "I Miss You") but is probably best-known for the single "It's Oh So Quiet." The latter's Spike Jonze-directed video clip was a favorite of MTV and garnered six MTV Video Music Awards nominations and a Grammy Award nomination for best music video, short form.