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Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas' Replaces Her Own 'Caution' at No. 1 On Top R&B Albums Chart

Mariah Carey performs at the Orpheum Theater
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Mariah Carey performs at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. 

Mariah Carey becomes the first artist to replace herself at No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart since its inception in 2012. The diva’s Merry Christmas leaps 4-1 on the ranking dated Dec. 8 and deposes her own LP, Caution, which slips 1-8 in its second week.

Christmas, released in 1994, earned 24,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 29, according to Nielsen Music, while Caution netted 14,000 units.

As Christmas ascends, Carey collects her third leader on the chart, following Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, a one-week champ in 2014 and Caution.

In addition to its Top R&B Albums coronation, Christmas also rallies 24-9 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and 50-19 on the Billboard 200.

Nearly 25 years after its debut, Christmas consistently remains one of the top performing holiday albums each year, with its success largely traceable to “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” virtually a modern standard in the holiday catalog.

“All I Want” also makes its annual return to several Billboard charts, including a 29-14 surge on the Billboard Hot 100 and a 30-8 roar on Streaming Songs. The tune also inaugurates this year’s first edition of the seasonal Holiday 100 chart in a familiar spot -- No. 1 -- for its 31st week overall.