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Coldplay Still #1, Mariah Carey in at #3, Austin Mahone's Top 10

Image courtesy of Def Jam Recordings (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Def Jam Recordings (via ABC News Radio)

A #1 debut on the Billboard album chart has eluded Mariah Carey .  The numbers are now official, and the diva's long-awaited new album Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse has entered at #3 , with first-week sales of 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Mariah's last non-holiday studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, also debuted at #3, back in 2009, but as Billboard notes , the first-week sales on that effort were 168,000 copies.  These are the smallest first-week sales figures for a non-holiday album by Mariah since SoundScan was instituted in 1991.  

On the positive side, Me. I Am Mariah... gives the singer her 17th top 10 album overall on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  It also debuted at #1 on the R&B album chart.

Me. I Am Mariah... was originally set to be released in March of 2013, but was then bumped to July.  Then it was pushed to May 6 of 2014, and then, finally, May 27.  However, Mariah has been releasing singles teasing the project since 2012.

Coldplay's Ghost Stories remains at #1 for a second week, though sales dropped by 78% in the past week.  The soundtrack to Frozen, the year's best-selling album so far, is still a contender: it holds at #4.  It was first released last October.

Austin Mahone's long-awaited debut EP, The Secret, debuts at #5, with first-week sales of 46,000.  It arrives two-and-a-half years after he first appeared on a Billboard chart.  He plans a full-length album by the end of 2014.


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