Britney Spears’ ‘Femme Fatale’ Tops Album Chart

Robbie Daw | April 6, 2011 9:09 am

Adele’s status of having the best first-week sales in 2011 with 21 (352,000 copies, in early March) remains untouched yet again, as Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 276,000 copies moved out of the gate. This gives Brit her sixth chart-topping album out of her seven studio LPs, but it also marks her lowest first-week sales since her 1999 debut, …Baby One More Time (121,000). The fact that Britney’s album leaked nearly three weeks before its official release date probably didn’t do her first-week sales any favors. Time will tell if the premiere of the video for second single “Till The World Ends” can boost the song’s chart fortunes. (Last week it was #23 on the Hot 100, though the single recently jumped back into the Top 10 on iTunes.)

Elsewhere on the album chart, Wiz Khalifa’s debut Rolling Papers enters at #2 (197,000), while the physical release of Radiohead’s eighth album The King Of Limbs (following its initial digital release in February) has the record going in at #6 (69,000).

That leaves “Boom” rapper Snoop Dogg to debut at #8 with Doggumentary (50,000), just ahead of Mary Mary’s #10 showing with Something Big (42,000).

Next week we’ll see how Hollywood Undead’s American Tragedy and Daft Punk’s remix album TRON: Legacy Reconfigured impact the chart.

The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart:

1. Britney Spears, Femme Fatale *new* *1 week* 2. Wiz Khalifa, Rolling Papers*new* 3. Adele, 21 4. Chris Brown, F.A.M.E. 5. Various, Songs For Japan 6. Radiohead, The King Of Limbs *new* 7. Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me 8. Snoop Dogg, Doggumentary *new* 9. Kirk Franklin, Hello Fear 10. Mary Mary, Something Big *new*