Britney Spears called Britney Jean her most personal album ever, so she could take its sales folly very personally. In this week’s SoundScanner, we’re looking at Spears’ sales, as well as Garth Brooks‘ return to the top of the sales heap and the annual Christmas music bonanza. Let’s go, we’ve got work to do:
‘Britney Jean’ flops: It didn’t work, bitch. Britney Spears’ eighth album Britney Jean debuts at No. 4 on this week’s Nielsen SoundScan Top Current Albums chart with a meager 107,000 scans. That’s off 61 percent from the 276,000 first-week sales of Britney’s last album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, and marks the weakest debut of her career. It’s even lower than the opening of her first album, 1999’s Baby One More Time, which started with 121,000 sales. Britney’s other debuts: 1.3 million for Oops! I Did It Again; 745,000 for Britney; 609,000 for In the Zone; 290,000 for Blackout; 505,000 for Circus. Britney, who has been gearing up for her upcoming two-year residency in Las Vegas, did very little to promote the album, versus the all-out media blitzes that have greeted previous projects.
Garth Brooks rises: Country’s long-dormant superstar is finally, officially, back. Garth Brooks rises to No. 1 on this week’s Top Current Albums chart with his six-CD, two-DVD box set Blame It On My Roots, which is up two places from last week on a slim 11 percent sales decline. The set sold 146,000 copies this week, bringing its two-week sales total to 310,000. The album marks Brooks’ ninth No. 1 set, and his first since 2001’s Scarecrow. Meanwhile, last week’s No. 1 album, One Direction’s Midnight Memories, drops one spot to No. 2. The album suffered a 79 percent sales erosion its second week, bringing its two week sales total to 664,000.