As reported yesterday, Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners. The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
With the arrival at No. 1, Streisand becomes the only act with No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades.
The new Columbia Records album was released on Sept. 16 and features duets with the likes of Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Michael Buble and Billy Joel. She last hit the top with 2009’s Love Is the Answer.
Partners’ opening sum is the largest sales week for a female artist in 2014, and Streisand’s biggest sales frame since Christmas week of 1997. Her last album to sell more in a week was Higher Ground, which shifted 402,000 in the frame ending Dec. 28, 1997.
Partners also starts with a higher sales figure than anticipated. On Sept. 17, industry forecasters initially pegged the set to start with 150,000. Two days later, that projection grew to 175,000.
The larger-than-expected sales launch can be owed to publicity Streisand generated during the week, an attractive $7.99 price for the set at iTunes and Amazon MP3, and the album’s all-star guest list.
During the new album’s release week, she performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show (on Sept. 15, and it was her first proper visit to late night TV in more than 50 years), and also stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America (Sept. 16) and The View (Sept. 18).
With a 10th No. 1, she ties for the fourth-most No. 1s in history with Elvis Presley (who is featured on Partners).
Ahead of them are the Beatles, with 19, Jay Z, with 13, and Bruce Springsteen, with 11. (Streisand continues to hold the record for the most No. 1 albums among women.)
Streisand’s first No. 1 album came nearly 50 years ago: People hit No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 31, 1964.
Streisand’s Partners is one of seven albums to debut in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart, where the entire top five are new arrivals. It’s the first time the top five are debuts in a year, since the Oct. 5, 2013-dated chart.
Chris Brown‘s X starts at No. 2 with 146,000 — his best sales week since 2011’s F.A.M.E. bowed with 270,000. The album before X, Fortune, entered at No. 1 with 135,000 in 2012. In total, this is Brown’s sixth top 10 — the entirety of his output.