Barbra Streisand Tops Chris Brown With History-Making Album Debut

Legendary performer crushed early sales estimates by moving 196,000 copies of her latest album “Partners” in its first week

Barbra Streisand can put another notch on her belt of impressive feats. The EGOT winner’s latest album “Partners” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first artist to achieve Number One albums in six consecutive decades.

Early estimates had Chris Brown‘s latest album “X” as her only real competition, but they put his sales for the week ending Sept. 21 beneath 150,000. “Partners” moved 196,000 copies in the same frame, according to Billboard. The company will release the Top 10 of its Top 200 album chart on Wednesday.

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Despite high sales, Brown’s latest efforts have been met with lukewarm receptions from music critics. Streisand, meanwhile, loaded “Partners” with an impressive roster of guest vocalists. A compilation of duets, the album features performances by Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, Blake Shelton, John Legend and even Elvis Presley, among many more.

Streisand also went on an aggressive promotional tour, including a highly-publicized return to “The Tonight Show” after more than 50 years away from late-night. She was the night’s only guest, which featured a medley of songs from the album, with Fallon stepping in for Shelton, Bublé and Presley.

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Streisand now achieves her 10th Number One album. She joins Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen at those lofty heights, with only The Beatles’ 19 Number Ones, and Jay-Z’s 13 to beat.