Congratulations to Carrie Underwood. Her 4th studio album, Blown Away hit #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 267,000 copies.
Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, Blown Away, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It’s the best sales week for a country album since the Oct. 1, 2011, chart, when Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night bowed atop the list with 347,000. It’s the largest frame for a country set by a solo artist since Taylor Swift’s Speak Now sold 276,000 during the Christmas week of 2010.
The debut for Blown is also the second-largest arrival of any album in 2012. This year, only Madonna’s MDNA started bigger, with 358,000. So far in 2012, just three titles have bowed with more than 200,000 in their first week — and they are all by women. In addition to Underwood and Madonna, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is in the 200,000-plus debut club, as it started with 253,000.