Garth Brooks earns his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as his new boxed set, "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," jumps 3-1 in its second week.
The sizable package (which contains six CDs and two DVDs) is exclusively sold through Walmart, and moved 146,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Aweek ago, it bowed at No. 3 with 164,000 from fewer than four days of sales. (It was released on Thanksgiving Day.) The set carries a list price of $29.98, but is sale-priced for $24.96.
Brooks is tied for the most No. 1 albums with the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand, with nine each. Ahead of them on the all-time most-No. 1s list are Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen (both with 10 No. 1s), Jay Z (13) and the Beatles (19).
"Blame It All on My Roots" is Brooks' second boxed set to reach No. 1, following the six-CD collection "The Limited Series" in 1998.
"Blame" is also the first No. 1 album to contain more than two discs since 2003, when Led Zeppelin's three-CD live set "How the West Was Won" debuted atop the list. It was the first three-or-more disc album to hit No. 1 since—you guessed it—"The Limited Series."
Last week's No. 1, One Direction's "Midnight Memories," falls to No. 2 with 117,000 (down 79% in its second week).
Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped In Red" returns to its debut and peak, as it climbs 6-3 with 112,000 (though it's down 15%). It's the first of five Christmas albums in the top 10 this week.
Coming in at No. 4 is theonly debut in the top 10: Britney Spears' "Britney Jean." The diva collects her ninth top 10 set with the arrival, as the album bows with 107,000. That's a bit smaller than the industry forecast, which pegged it to start around 115,000 to 120,000.
The new effort is the singer's eighth studio album, and follows the No. 1 debut of 2011's "Femme Fatale" (276,000). All of her studio efforts have reached the top four of the chart. (She additionally earned a top 10 set with a best-of album, "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative," which went to No. 4.)
"Britney Jean" logs Spears' lowest sales debut for a studio set. Previously, her 1999 debut album, ". . . Baby One More Time," tallied her smallest start: 121,000.
"Britney Jean's" lead single, "Work B**ch!," peaked at No. 14 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (known as Mainstream Top 40 on Billboard.biz) and spent eight weeks on the list. It's the diva's lowest-charting lead single from a studio set since 2001's "I'm a Slave 4 U" (from "Britney") went to No. 15. The eight-week run of "Work" on the chart is the shortest visit to the list for any of Spears' lead-off tracks from a studio album.
A week after "Work" fell off the tally, the second single from "Britney Jean," "Perfume," debuted. This week, in its fourth chart week, it climbs 27-22 (up 34% in spins). The music video for "Perfume" premiered Dec. 10.