To put it in perspective, the pop singer sold 107,000 albums — just 2,000 more copies this week than the “Duck Dynasty” Christmas album, which came out nearly a month-and-a-half ago
“Britney Jean” is no “Billie Jean.”
Britney Spears’ new studio album — her eighth – debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart Wednesday, selling 107,000 copies. That's even lower than industry analysts predicted. Those numbers were hovering around 120,000, according to Billboard.
Spears’ previous album, 2011's “Femme Fatale,” sold 276,000 units, hitting the top slot in its debut.
“Britney Jean” marks the pop star and future Las Vegas resident's lowest sales debut for a studio album. Even her 1999 debut album, ” … Baby One More Time,” topped “Britney Jean” with an opening week of 121,000 sales.
Spears has not been doing much promotion — and hasn't performed live on TV yet — which may have drummed up anticipation of her newest offering. Instead, the “Work Bitch” songstress is preparing for her upcoming concert residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show begins Dec. 27 and is selling tickets for 36 performances currently, through Aug. 2014. Spears is contracted to perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015.
Topping the chart this week is Garth Brooks’ box set, “Blame it All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences” — his ninth No. 1 album. With 146,000 units shipped — all exclusively sold through Walmart — Brooks is now tied with The Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand for fifth most No. 1 albums all-time.
One Direction's “Midnight Memories,” last week's No. 1, slipped to No. 2 with 117,000 new sales. Kelly Clarkson's “Wrapped in Red” Christmas album followed with 112,000 copies moved.
“Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” rounded out the top 5 with 105,000 albums sold.