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'Britney Jean' nets Britney Spears her worst opening week ever

By Kyle Anderson, EW.com
updated 9:03 AM EST, Thu December 12, 2013
Britney Spears' December 3 release
Britney Spears' December 3 release "Britney Jean" had the weakest opening week of Spears' career.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Britney Spears' "Britney Jean" didn't perform well in its first week
  • The album sold 107,000 copies, and had a fourth place finish
  • It's the weakest opening week in Spears' career
  • Garth Brooks' box set "Blame It On My Roots" was No. 1

(EW.com) -- When her Las Vegas residency begins at the end of the month, Britney Spears should probably stay away from the roulette wheel, because numbers are not her friend at the moment.

Spears' new album "Britney Jean" arrived this week, moving only 107,000 copies for a fourth place finish on the Billboard 200.

It's the weakest opening week in Spears' career, both by hard sales numbers and chart position (previously, her slowest sales week was the opening frame of her debut "...Baby One More Time," which tallied 121,000 copies).

Album review: 'Britney Jean'

The numbers for "Britney Jean" are also a giant drop-off from the opening week of her previous album, 2011′s "Femme Fatale," which sold 276,000 copies in its first week. It'll be interesting to track "Britney Jean" moving into 2014, as she may get a bump from the just-released video for the single "Perfume" and another once her Vegas show gets rolling.

Britney had to dive out of the way of Garth Brooks, whose "Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" took the No. 1 spot on the chart this week. In its second full week of release, the WalMart-exclusive box set (containing six CDs, two DVDs, and retailing for around $25) sold 146,000 copies.

Brooks is now tied for fourth place all-time for No. 1 albums with nine (same as Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones). He trails the Beatles (19), Jay Z (13), Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley (both with 10). Expect "Blame It On My Roots" to stay strong during the holiday season.

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Speaking of the holiday season, Christmas releases continue to rack up big numbers. Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped in Red" had another big week, coming in at No. 3 on the chart with 112,000 copies sold. It's looking more and more like Clarkson's album may end up being a perennial champ, like Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas" (which still does big numbers every December).

Clarkson is joined by four other holiday-related releases in the top 10: "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" (No. 5, 105,000 sold), Pentatonix's "PTXmas" (No. 7, 60,000), Michael Bublé's "Christmas" (No. 8, 57,000; another perennial juggernaut), and Mary J. Blige's "A Mary Christmas" (No. 10, 51,000).

Two non-Christmas releases remain strong in the top 10. Last week's No. 1, One Direction's "Midnight Memories," had a very solid second week, claiming the number two slot on the chart with 117,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" falls in at No. 6 this week with 84,000.

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