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Barbra Streisand tops the albums chart in a busy week; Paramore bests Mariah Carey

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Barbra Streisand fans are certainly a devoted bunch. Today they’ve put Babs atop the Billboard 200 with a healthy 180,000 copies sold of her jazz standards album Love Is the Answer, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating a host of new releases by buzzier artists. By way of comparison, that’s equivalent to every one of the die-hard fans who attended Barbra’s recent gig at NYC’s Village Vanguard club going out and buying 1,800 copies of her new record. Not bad at all.

This week’s list of distinguished also-rans begins with Paramore, whose pop-punk star will no doubt continue to rise now that they’ve taken No. 2 on the chart by selling 175,000 copies of their acclaimed brand new eyes. At No. 3, it’s Mariah Carey, with 168,000 copies sold of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. That result might be the most noteworthy thing on this chart, actually — 168K is a nice number, to be sure, but I wonder how Mariah must feel about coming in third place to Paramore and Barbra.

Pennsylvania rock dudes Breaking Benjamin bowed at No. 4 with 134,000 of the painful-sounding Dear Agony. Alice in Chains rounded out the top 5 with 126,000 copies sold of Black Turns to Blue, their first album in 14 years and their first with a new lead singer to replace the late Layne Staley. Madonna landed at No. 7 with 72,000 copies sold of her greatest-hits set Celebration. Nashville star Miranda Lambert found 66,000 volunteers to join her Revolution at No. 8. Disney’s Selena Gomez & the Scene nearly tied her with Kiss & Tell, making it to No. 9 with a slightly smaller number that also rounds to 66,000. No. 12 went to AFI, who sold 52,000 of Crash Love. Adult Swim spin-off band Dethklok scored a No. 15 finish with 45,000 of Dethalbum II. The Avett Brothers‘ Rick Rubin-produced I and Love and You won No. 16 with 40,000. Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s God & Guns snuck into the top 20 at No. 18 with 34,000.

That’s a total of 12 debuts in the top 20. Are you surprised to see Barbra best ’em all? How about Paramore edging out Mariah? Or were there any other Sept. 29 releases you expected to chart higher or lower than they did? Sound off in the comments, below.

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