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Weird Al Yankovic Scores First Number One Album

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It’s hard to believe it’s never happened previously. For the first time in his storied career, Weird Al Yankovic has scored a number one album on the Billboard Top 200, by moving 104,000 copies of Mandatory Fun during its first week.

It looks like all that hard work promoting his fourteenth studio album paid off. The 54-year-old released a new music video every day since last Monday- eight in total. If you missed any of them, I’ve posted them all below. Congrats to Weird Al for this career milestone.

“It’s kinda blowing up,” says the 54-year-old comedian. “The response has surprised even me. I really like the videos and thought they’d have a big impact, but this has been beyond my wildest expectations. This is the most attention that has ever been focused on me probably ever. I’m quite overwhelmed by it all.”

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Mariah Carey Stumbles Out The Gate With Latest Album

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The only thing elusive about Mariah’s latest album are the sales. Me I Am Mariah… The Elusive Diva managed to only move 56,000 copies during its opening week. That number was only good enough for No. 3 on the Billboard 200. I guess her lame PR stunt riding the subway didn’t translate into the sales she had hoped for.

Her previous album, 2009′s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, also began life at number three, but sold three times as many copies to get there. This is her worst opening ever since 1991′s Emotions when it launched at No. 4 with 156,000.

Chanteuse was released nearly five years after her last non-holiday studio album, Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. It’s her longest gap between studio projects. Why do you think her latest bombed? Did you buy her 14th studio album? Have her lambs abandoned her? Sound off below.

Frozen Matches The Lion King’s Billboard Run

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Can nothing stop Elsa’s icy powers? Frozen continues to rack up more accolades. The Disney flick recently became the Top Animated Film of all-time with regards to worldwide box office receipts. It’s also making history with its accompanying soundtrack. By notching its 10th week atop the Billboard Top 200 it joins a very elite group of films, including fellow Disney movie, The Lion King.

Frozen is just one of 11 albums to have spent at least 10 weeks at No. 1 since the SoundScan era beginning in 1991. Four of them are soundtracks: Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard (20 weeks at No. 1); Titanic (16 weeks); The Lion King (10 weeks) and Frozen.

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Beyonce Scores Three-peat With Self-Titled Album

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Beyonce fever doesn’t look like it’s going to cool off anytime soon. The 32-year-old singer logged her third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. She’s the first female artist to do this since Taylor Swift achieved the feat with Red.

Beyonce’s self-titled album has now passed the 1.3 million mark, almost matching her previous LP, 4‘s 1.4 million domestic total. Insane!!! She’s also the first album since 2009 to sell more than 300,000 copies in each of its first three weeks- 617,000 in its debut, 374,000 the following week and now 310,000. With less than a month of availability, Bey scored the top-selling album of 2013 by a female, passing P!nk’s The Truth About Love, which has sold 920,000 copies.

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Beyonce Shatters iTunes Records With Surprise Album

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Bow down bitches!!! Beyonce is the undisputed queen of music right now. With no advanced album promotion, no physical copies to purchase and a full week of sales to tabulate, Beyonce still sold an insane amount of her surprise visual album, breaking iTunes sales records along the way. In just the first three hours of release, the 32-year-old sold 80,000 copies. That’s almost what Britney sold in an entire week for Britney Jean and that came with a huge marketing push.

With Billboard’s weekly reporting period over, the numbers are in. B broke the US first-week sales record by selling 617,213 downloads. It’s worldwide haul was an insane 828,773. The total was no doubt buoyed by the fact singles weren’t available to download. It was all or nothing to enjoy the Beyonce experience. Apple reports that her self-titled album hit No. 1 in 104 countries, including the US. Can you imagine what she could’ve achieved if she had an entire week? Who rule the world? Not just girls, but Beyonce.

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Britney Jean Gives Spears Her Worst Opening

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First the good news. Britney Spears has the best-selling new album on this week’s Billboard Top 200. The bad news is that Britney Jean debuts at No. 4. Even worse, the 107,000 units sold represents the worst opening bow of the superstar’s career. Even her debut album, …Baby One More Time, sold more in 1999 with 121,000 units. Her previous two studio albums, Circus and Femme Fatale, sold 505,000 and 276,000 copies respectively.

With a Planet Hollywood Vegas residency beginning, the 32-year-old singer won’t have time to tour and promote her new album. The million dollar question is, should she cut her losses or go into overdrive to salvage this era? This bitch just needs to work harder, especially if she wants that Maserati or Lamborghini.

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One Direction Makes History With Third Album

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One Direction topped the Billboard Top 200 during the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend. Their latest, Midnight Memories, sold a whopping 546,000 copies. By debuting at No. 1, they’re the first group in history to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Boy band fever is alive and well.

Even more impressive is the fact the sales of their albums keep going up- Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home moved 176,000 and 540,000 respectively. Billboard notes that Midnight Memories makes One Direction only the third pop group in the SoundScan era to sell 500K+ in multiple one-week frames. Any guesses on who the other two are? Why ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys of course.

Given the shopping madness that occurred last week, numerous albums saw a sales bump. Katy Perry‘s Prism improved 252 percent, jumping from No. 11 to No. 5. Even though Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving special was a ratings turkey, ARTPOP gained 154 percent, selling 116,000 copies. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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Katy Perry scored her second No. 1 album of her career. Prism moved 286,000 copies, making it the largest sales week this year for a female artist. It sneaked past Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz which debuted with 270,000. Prism’s first week total also beat her previous album, Teenage Dream, which notched 192,000 units back in 2010.

Also making a Top 10 debut this week were Simon Cowell’s Fifth Harmony. The quintet sold 28,000 copies to land at No. 6. It’s pretty impressive given they only had an EP with six songs, two of which were released months ago. As sad as it is, they’re the highest-charting act born from the U.S. edition of The X Factor. Emblem3 who released a full-length album earlier this year landed at No. 7. Not a bad start for the ladies. Check out a recent performance of them covering Spice Girls below.

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