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Madonna's new album 'Rebel Heart' is her worst selling record in the US for over 20 years

The singer's 21st album charts at Number Two but shifts just 116,000 copies in its first week

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Madonna recent album 'Rebel Heart' is her worst selling record in the US in over 20 years, according to new sales figures.

The LP, which charted in the Billboard 200 at Number Two, shifted just 116,000 copies in its first week compared to her previous 'MDNA' album sales of 359,000.

The figures are her lowest since her 1994 album 'Bedtime Stories' which also failed to debut at Number One.

Sales for her 21st album also saw an 80% drop in their second week with figures of just 22,800.

The low sales may also been down to the fact that her album was leaked online before it was even announced.

At the time she branded the leak an act of "terrorism".

Sales of her album in the UK may have also been affected by Radio 1's decision not to playlist her recent single 'Living For Love'.

The move saw Madonna accuse the station of "ageism".

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills also backed Radio 1's decision not to playlist her.

Explaining his reasoning, Mills said that the age of Madonna fans - as opposed to the singer herself - were behind the decision: "They're trying to get the average age of the listener down and, to be honest, most Madonna fans are in their 30s and 40s. When you’ve got more relevant up-and-coming artists and bands and there’s a space on the playlist, then it’s in the BBC Radio 1 remit that it should go to a British artist anyway."

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