As reported yesterday, Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners. The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
With the arrival at No. 1, Streisand becomes the only act with No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades.
The new Columbia Records album was released on Sept. 16 and features duets with the likes of Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Michael Buble and Billy Joel. She last hit the top with 2009’s Love Is the Answer.
Partners‘ opening sum is the largest sales week for a female artist in 2014, and Streisand’s biggest sales frame since Christmas week of 1997. Her last album to sell more in a week was Higher Ground, which shifted 402,000 in the frame ending Dec. 28, 1997.
Partners also starts with a higher sales figure than anticipated. On Sept. 17, industry forecasters initially pegged the set to start with 150,000. Two days later, that projection grew to 175,000. The larger-than-expected sales launch can be owed to publicity Streisand generated during the week, an attractive $7.99 price for the set at iTunes and Amazon MP3, and the album’s all-star guest list.
During the new album’s release week, she performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show (on Sept. 15, and it was her first proper visit to late night TV in more than 50 years), and also stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America (Sept. 16) and The View (Sept. 18).
With a 10th No. 1, she ties for the fourth-most No. 1s in history with Elvis Presley (who is featured on Partners). Ahead of them are the Beatles, with 19, Jay Z, with 13, and Bruce Springsteen, with 11. (Streisand continues to hold the record for the most No. 1 albums among women.)
Streisand’s first No. 1 album came nearly 50 years ago: People hit No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 31, 1964.
Streisand’s Partners is one of seven albums to debut in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart, where the entire top five are new arrivals. It’s the first time the top five are debuts in a year, since the Oct. 5, 2013-dated chart.
Chris Brown‘s X starts at No. 2 with 146,000 — his best sales week since 2011’s F.A.M.E. bowed with 270,000. The album before X, Fortune, entered at No. 1 with 135,000 in 2012. In total, this is Brown’s sixth top 10 — the entirety of his output.
Country star Tim McGraw is up next, as his Sundown Heaven Town bows at No. 3 with 71,000. It’s his 16th top 10 album. It also enters at No. 1 on Top Country Albums — his 15th No. 1. McGraw’s last studio effort, 2013’s Two Lanes of Freedom, entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 107,000 (and No. 1 on Top Country Albums).
Another country titan, George Strait, clocks in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (51,000). The guest-laden set captures Strait’s last show of his final tour, and gives Strait his 19th top 10 album. It’s only the fourth live album to reach the top 10 in 2014.
Train chugs in at No. 5 with Bulletproof Picasso, selling 50,000 in its first week. It’s the band’s fifth top 10 set, and follows 2012’s California 37, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 75,000.
OneRepublic‘s Native makes a huge leap up the chart, flying 57-6 with 49,000 (and a gain of 840 percent), after the Google Play store discounted the album to 99 cents during the tracking week. Courtesy of the cheap price, the set (which is in its 78th week on the chart) earns its second-largest sales week, after only its debut frame (60,000).
Maroon 5‘s V slides 2-7 with 34,000 (down 57 percent) and last week’s No. 1, Lecrae‘s Anomaly, descends 1-8 with just over 31,000 (down 65 percent).
Rock band Motionless In White scores its best sales week ever, as its Reincarnate debuts at No. 9 with 31,000. The group’s previous best week came in 2012, when Infamous sold 10,000 to debut at No. 53. That album has so far sold 83,000.
To round out the top 10: Slash‘s World On Fire, featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, enters at No. 10 with 29,000. It’s Slash’s third top 10 set, and his second with Kennedy and The Conspirators. Their last collaboration, 2012’s Apocalyptic Love, debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 38,000 in its first week.
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” regains the No. 1 position (294,000 downloads sold; down 5 percent), bumping Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” down to No. 2 with 282,000 (down 10 percent). “Bass'” total sales have now surpassed 2 million downloads (total through Sept. 21: 2.28 million).
“Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, holds at No. 3 with 144,000 (down 2 percent) while Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, moves up one rung to No. 4 with 121,000 (down 5 percent).
Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” zips 13-5 with 107,000 (up 51 percent), marking its sixth consecutive weekly sales gain and first visit to the top 10.
Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” is stationary at No. 6 with 103,000 (down 19 percent), Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne, is a non-mover at No. 7 with 83,000 (up 4 percent) and Jeremih‘s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” featuring YG, climbs 11-8 with 79,000 (up 8 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is Jason Aldean‘s “Burnin’ It Down” (8-9 with 78,000; down less than 1 percent) and Sia‘s “Chandelier” (12-10 with 73,000; up 1 percent).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 21) totaled 4.36 million units, up 5 percent compared with the sum last week (4.15 million) and down 4 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.55 million). Year to date album sales stand at 171.3 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (200 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.17 million downloads, down 2 percent compared with last week (18.54 million) and down 17 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (21.92 million). Year to date track sales are at 830.46 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (954.3 million).
Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same debuted at No. 1 with 658,000 copies, followed by Kings of Leon‘s also-debuting Mechanical Bull at No. 2 (110,000).