Streisand makes history with new No. 1 album

Streisand makes history with new No. 1 album

Washington - Barbra Streisand showed a posse of hot young talent how it is done on Wednesday when her latest album Partners entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1.

The Grammy winner's 10th chart-topping album comes almost exactly 50 years to the day when her 1964 album People hit No. 1, said Billboard magazine on its website.

Partners sold 196,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Streisand, 72, made history by becoming the only performer to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades.

She is also the only female artist to grab the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart on 10 different occasions.

She now holds fourth place on the list of acts with the most No. 1 albums, tailing The Beatles' 19 chart-toppers, Jay Z's 13 records and Bruce Springsteen's 11.

Her 34th studio album, Partners, features her singing duets such as New York State Of Mind with Billy Joel, Somewhere with Josh Groban and People with Stevie Wonder.

Going straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 has become commonplace for 20something divas such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift with big marketing machines behind them.

But by virtue of age alone, they cannot hope to match Streisand's claim to having chart-topping albums in every decade since the 1960s.

Streisand is pitching Partners to a younger demographic, appearing on Monday on NBC's The Tonight Show for a singalong with its host Jimmy Fallon, who is 32 years her junior.

She led a slew of new entries on the weekly Billboard 200 chart, which measures both physical and digital album sales.

Rapper Chris Brown's album X entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 145,000 copies. Country singer Tim McGraw debuted at No. 3 with Sundown Heaven Town, while veteran country artist George Strait clocked No. 4 with his live record, The Cowboy Rides Away.

Other new entries include albums by alt-rockers Train, pop-rockers One Republic and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.


This article was first published on Sept 26, 2014.
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