Carrie Underwood blows away the competition, debuting at No. 1

By Jorge Gomez,
Carrie Underwood debuts atop the Billboard 200, blowing away her competition.

Carrie Underwood proves she still has the ability to blow away the competition on the music charts.

Carrie Underwood at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. (Los Angeles, CA)

Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, debuts at the No. 1 position, with 267,000 copies being sold in its first week, according to Billboard.

Entertainment Weekly reports that this is Underwood’s third No. 1 album in a row. Her past albums, Play On and Carnival Ride, have previously debuted in the pole position.

Only her first album, 2005's Some Hearts, was not able to debut in the No. 1 spot. It came in at No. 2 to Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor.

While Some Hearts debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, it was No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Blown Away's No. 1 debut makes Underwood only the second artist in history to have all four albums debut at the top of the Top Country Albums chart, reports her official site.

Miranda Lambert is the only other artist to achieve this, says Country Weekly.

Underwood is also only the third female country artist to earn three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill are the only other two to do so.

Blown Away also marks the second highest debut of 2012, thus far. Only Madonna’s MDNA has had higher first week sales this year, with 358,000 sold.

In addition to topping the country charts and the Billboard 200, Blown Away has also topped the digital sales chart, selling 107,000 digital copies of the album. It is the biggest first week digital sales figure in the country genre since 2010.

“Good Girl,” Underwood’s current single, has been certified gold and sits at No. 8 on the country songs chart.

Little Broken Hearts by Norah Jones and the compilation Now 42 follow Blown Away on the Billboard 200.

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