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Miranda Scores First No.1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

June 13th, 2014
Miranda Daily Staff

Billboard — As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of “Platinum.” The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That sum is Lambert’s best sales week yet, and the largest for an album from a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012. That week, Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000, nine weeks after it debuted at No. 1 with 1.2 million.

Lambert is only the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200, which became a regularly published list in 1956. (For perspective on that total of just 11 leading country ladies: More than 400 acts have tallied a No. 1 album.)

Previous to Lambert, the last country female artist to get her first No. 1 was Swift, who topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008 (when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1).

Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums have started with successively larger debut weeks. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed at No. 18 in 2005 with 40,000. She followed it up with 2007’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (No. 6 with 53,000), 2009’s “Revolution” (No. 8 with 66,000) and 2011’s “Four the Record” (No. 3 with 133,000).

“Platinum” also easily scores Lambert her fifth straight No. 1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart.

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