On The Charts: Selena Gomez Bests Jay Z For First No. 1 With ‘Stars Dance’
The chart reign of rap is over — for now, at least.
Selena Gomez has the new No. 1 album in the country, with Stars Dance topping the Billboard 200 chart this week. The album, Gomez’s fourth, sold 97,000 in its first week — her highest sales week, surpassing 2011’s When the Sun Goes Down, which moved 78,000 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Stars Dance is also Gomez’s first chart-topping album, having increased her debut spot slightly with each preceding release. When the Sun Goes Down marked her best debut before in her career before this week, bowing at No. 3.
Gomez’s No. 1 debut owes much to “Come and Get It,” the album’s first single, which has hit a peak of No. 6 on the Hot 100. The song is her first Top 10 single and highest charting since 2011’s “Who Says,” which peaked at No. 21. Her continued relevance also finds support in her starring role in 2013’s Spring Breakers, as well as her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. She’s also the youngest solo female artist to get a No. 1 album since Taylor Swift did so with Speak Now in November 2010, according to Billboard.
Stars Dance‘s spot at No. 1 ends the reign of Jay Z‘s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which topped the chart for two weeks and continued a string of No. 1 rap releases that included Kanye West, Wale and J. Cole. Magna Carta drops to No. 2 this week, selling 77,000.
Gomez may not be much of a Disney starlet these days, but the media giant’s Teen Beach Movie soundtrack hits No. 3 this week, selling 57,000 in its second week after debuting at No. 8 last week. The film premiered on Disney Channel on July 19.
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