July 31, 2013

Singer #Selena Gomez tops #Billboard album chart for first time (VIDEO)

This week, Selena Gomez collects her first No. 1 title on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Stars Dance. The Hollywood Records release sold 97,000 copies in its first week -- a career-high frame for the singer. 
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American pop singer Selena Gomez topped the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time on Wednesday, besting rapper Jay-Z and the soundtrack to "Teen Beach Movie."

Backed by her hit single "Come & Get It," 21-year-old Gomez's fourth studio album, "Stars Dance," sold 97,000 in the past week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Jay-Z, whose album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" topped the chart for two weeks, fell to No. 2, selling 77,000 copies.

The soundtrack to "Teen Beach Movie," a Disney Channel film, rose to No. 3 from No. 8 with 57,000 in sales during the week.

Walt Disney Co's Disney Music Group labels Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records released "Teen Beach Movie" and Gomez's "Stars Dance," respectively.

Singer Selena Gomez performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in New York, July 26, 2013. 
Compilation album "Kidz Bop 24" of children singing pop hits fell one spot to No. 4, selling 39,000 copies, and Latin pop singer Marc Anthony's Spanish-language album "3.0" debuted at No. 5, selling slightly fewer than 39,000 copies.

Anthony's album is the highest-selling opening week for a Spanish-language album since 2011, Billboard said.

Lyrically, the album features songs that focus on love and relationships, namely Gomez's highly publicized relationship with pop singer #Justin Bieber.
Other debut albums to break into the top 10 are "Tracing Back Roots" by rock group We Came as Romans at No. 8 and "Rich Gang," a compilation from the rap labels Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records, at No. 9.

The album was influenced by artists such as #Britney Spears and features elements of pop and dance music.
Overall album sales for the week ending July 28 totaled $4.68 million units according to Billboard, down 4 percent from the same week in 2012.

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