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Britney Spears Scores Top 5 Debut
December 11, 2013

Britney Spears
The new album from Britney Spears, Britney Jean, is the sales chart's highest new debut this week as it enters at #4 with 107,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This marks the singer's ninth Top 10 set of her career. All of Britney's studio efforts have reached the top four of the chart, and she even earned an additional top four with a best-of album, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. Ahead of Spears this week, the Garth Brooks box set Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences is #1 in its second week. The package (which contains six CDs and two DVDs) is exclusively sold through Walmart, and moved 146,000 copies in the week ending December 8. Last week's #1 album, One Direction's Midnight Memories, falls to #2 this week with 117,000 sold, and Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped In Red holiday album is #3 with 112,000.

Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas is #5 this week with 105,000, and Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is #6 with 84,000. A cappella group Pentatonix comes in at #7 with the
PTXmas EP, shifting 60,000 units. The EP is actually a deluxe reissue with two additional songs. It was first released in 2012. Michael Bublé's former #1 album, Christmas, returns to the Top 10, this time at #8 with 57,000 sold. The set was originally released in 2011 and spent five weeks at #1 during its first holiday season, according to Billboard.

Katy Perry's Prism is #9 this week with another 51,000 units sold, and closing out the Top 10 is Mary J. Blige's A Mary Christmas, shifting nearly 51,000. This is Blige's 12th Top 10 set, stretching back to her 1992 debut, What's the 411?

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