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Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8…

As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the SEE EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Lambert is only the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200, which became a regularly published list in 1956. (For perspective on that total of just 11 leading country ladies: More than 400 acts have tallied a No. 1 album.)

Previous to Lambert, the last country female artist to get her first No. 1 was Swift, who topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008 (when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1).


Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums have started with successively larger debut weeks. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed at No. 18 in 2005 with 40,000. She followed it up with 2007’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (No. 6 with 53,000), 2009’s “Revolution” (No. 8 with 66,000) and 2011’s “Four the Record” (No. 3 with 133,000).

“Platinum” also easily scores Lambert her fifth straight No. 1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart.

The “Frozen” soundtrack rises 4-2 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 (down 11 percent), while Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” slips 2-3 with 48,000 (down 26 percent). 

Lambert is one of only two debuts in the top 10. She is joined by 50 Cent’s “Animal Ambition” at No. 4 with 47,000 sold. The album — his first independently distributed release after leaving Interscope Records — marks his sixth top 10 effort. The rapper’s last album, the 2009 Interscope set “Before I Self Destruct,” debuted and peaked at No. 5 with a 160,000 start. 

Last week’s No. 1, Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories,” falls to No. 5 in its third week, selling 46,000 (down 45 percent). The “Now 50” compilation holds steady at No. 6 with 41,000 (up 1 percent).

Four albums return to the top 10: one after an absence of just one week, while the other three have been away for years.

First up, following its parent film’s opening in U.S. movie theaters, the soundtrack to “The Fault in Our Stars” jumps 18-8 with 36,000 sold (up 165 percent). It’s the best sales frame yet for the album, which debuted three weeks ago at No. 8 with 34,000 and then fell to No. 18 with 13,000 in its second frame. The film finished as the highest-grossing movie at the U.S. and Canadian box office over the June 6-8 weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, raking in $48 million. 

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At Nos. 7, 9 and 10 are three returning albums from rock gods Led Zeppelin. On June 3, the band reissued expanded versions of its first three releases, “Led Zeppelin,” “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III.” The three albums respectively re-enter the chart with 37,000, 34,000 and 32,000. 

Led Zeppelin is the first act to notch three concurrent top 10 albums since Whitney Houston claimed three on the chart dated March 17, 2012 (following her death).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, stays put at No. 1 with 263,000 downloads sold (down 9 percent). Azalea is also in the No. 2 position, as Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” which features Azalea, sells 215,000 (down 12 percent).

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Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” logs its best week yet, as it runs 10-3 with 167,000 (up 62 percent). Magic’s “Rude” is steady at No. 4 with 162,000, despite a significant 15 percent sales gain.

Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, rises 6-5 with 146,000 (up 10 percent). Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” drops 3-6 with 142,000 (down 5 percent).

Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan, charges 23-7 with 130,000 (up 130 percent). The song is aided by a newly released remix featuring Derulo, which accounts for 55 percent of its sales in the week ending June 8. On “Th CMT Music Awards” on June 4, all four of the acts combined (along with ZZ Top) for a show-opening medley, blending ZZ Top’s “La Grange,” “This Is How We Roll” and Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.” 

DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” falls 5-8 with 129,000 (down 6 percent), John Legend’s “All of Me” descends 7-9 with 116,000 (down 5 percent), and Pharrell’s “Happy” moves 9-10 with 105,000 (down 8 percent).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 8) totaled 4.5 million units, up 8 percent compared with the sum last week (4.2 million) and down 7 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 107.4 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (126.3 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.3 million downloads, up 2 percent compared with last week (20.8 million) and down 15 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (24.9 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 529.6 million, down 12 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (604.8 million).

Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Black Sabbath scored its first No. 1 album with “13,” which debuted with 155,000. The previous week’s leader, Queens of the Stone Age’s “Like Clockwork,” fell to No. 15 in its second week with 24,000 (down 74 percent).