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Britney Spears debuts at no. 4 on Billboard with 'Britney Jean'

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Pop singer Britney Spears debuts on Billboard's albums chart this week with "Britney Jean." Her eighth studio album opens at no. 4 on the tally, Billboard reported on Wednesday.

According to Billboard, "Britney Jean" sold 107,000 copies last week, her lowest first week sales since 1999's "...Baby One More Time" moved 121,000 copies. Garth Brooks' box set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" hit no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week with One Direction's "Midnight Memories" and Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped in Red" coming in at no. 2 and no. 3 respectively. Spears is the only new entry in Billboard's top 10 this week with "Britney Jean."

Concerning Spears' own discography, "Britney Jean" is her second studio album to miss the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Six of her studio albums, including 2011's "Femme Fatale," hit no. 1 upon release but 2007's "Blackout" peaked at no. 2. Overall, "Britney Jean" is Spears' 9th top 10 album on Billboard, counting 2004's "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" set.

The story behind Spears' sales can be spun either way. Some can say that the "Britney Jean" sales are disappointing for a pop star of Spears caliber and others can say those are expected sales for an album that had very little promotion (Spears did not do a live performance to support the release). The promotion for "Britney Jean" seemed to be overshadowed by her upcoming residency in Las Vegas with the live show "Britney: Piece of Me." The show opens on Dec. 27.

For Spears, notching another top 10 album on Billboard 15 years into her career is quite an accomplishment. She first previewed "Britney Jean" with the single "Work B**ch," which peaked at no. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100. "Perfume" is Spears' latest release from the album and it has so far reached no. 76 on the Hot 100 (she recently premiered the music video and it can be viewed here).

Check out our review of Britney Spears' "Britney Jean" album here

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