BRITNEY SPEARS has sailed straight to the top of the US Billboard album chart, with new album ‘BRITNEY’ shifting over 745,000 in the first week on sale (for week ending November 24).
It marks Britney‘s second consecutive number one (‘Oops I Did It Again’ sold 1.2 million copies in its first week last year) and knocks the poorly performing Michael Jackson off the top. The sales also post Britney as the biggest selling female artist on first week of this year, out-gunning Destiny’s Child‘s ‘Survivor’ (663,000 copies) and Janet Jackson‘s ‘All for You’ (605,000).
The teenage star has also wiped the floor with this week’s other challengers. She has outsold veteran’s Pink Floyd by half a million, pushing their greatest hits set ‘Echoes’ to Number Two. Michael Jackson, with 202,000 sales, sees ‘Invincible’ drop to Three, while Enrique Iglesias falls to four with 182,000 copies of ‘Escape’.
George Strait, at Nine with ‘The Road Less Travelled’, is the only new entry on the Top Ten. DMX, Enya, Backstreet Boys, Nickelback and Ja Rule make up the rest of the Top Ten.