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Carrie Underwood’s success continues. The country star completely dominated the Billboard 200 chart this week, topping it for a third time with her new album, Blown Away.
Blown Away sold 267,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, reports Billboard. That’s the best debut for a country album since Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night sold 347,000 in October. It’s also the best week for a solo country artist since Taylor Swift’s Speak Now sold 276,000 copies in Christmas week 2010.
Underwood’s success with Blown Away follows 2007’s Carnival Ride and 2009’s Play On, which also debuted at number one. Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill are the only other female country artists to have three number one album debuts.
While this is great news for Underwood, it does highlight one glaring bad note for the music industry. Just three albums (Blown Away, Madonna’s MDNA and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded) have sold over 200,000 copies in their first week so far. Last year, there had been five albums that had done that.
Norah Jones’ Little Broken Hearts debuted at number two, selling 110,000 copies. As Entertainment Weekly notes, the album has a different feel than Jones’ typical jazzy records and was produced by Danger Mouse.
The Now 42 compilation debuted at number three, just like the past five editions of the series. It sold 95,000 copies and features hits from Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and others.
Adele’s 21 sold another 77,000 copies and came in at number four. It’s reaching 9 million and Billboard predicts that Mother’s Day sales may propel it to another week at number one.
The fifth spot was held by B.o.B.’s second album, Strange Clouds, which sold 76,000. It sold less than his 2010 debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which needed to move just 84,000 to debut at number one.
The rest of the top ten includes Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee (64,000 copies); Jack White’s Blunderbuss (56,000); Up All Night by One Direction (45,000); the SMASH soundtrack (40,000) and Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain (38,000).
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” topped the Digital Songs chart again, selling an additional 348,000 downloads. Maroon 5’s “Payphone” held the number two spot.