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Garth Brooks box set keeps Britney Spears at bay in Billboard 200

Published on Dec 12, 2013 7:22 AM
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Garth Brooks sings at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas in this file photo taken on Apr 7, 2013. Country singer Garth Brooks stormed to the top of the weekly United States (US) Billboard 200 album chart to claim top spot on Wednesday, ahead of a new debut from Britney Spears.-- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Garth Brooks stormed to the top of the weekly United States (US) Billboard 200 album chart to claim top spot on Wednesday, ahead of a new debut from Britney Spears.

Brooks' boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, climbed from No. 3 to No. 1 with second week sales of 146,000 copies according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The box set contains six CDs and two DVDs and was released as an exclusive set at retailer Walmart over the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend at a discounted price.

In comparison, Spears' latest album Britney Jean notched opening week sales of only 107,000 and came in at No. 4, her lowest album debut in a career spanning more than a decade and below industry projections of 115,000 to 120,000, according to Billboard. Britney Jean is the singer's eighth studio album, and features the lead single Work B**ch.

Spears' album came behind last week's chart-topper, Midnight Memories by British boy band One Direction, which dropped to No. 2 this week with 117,000 copies, and Kelly Clarkson's holiday album Wrapped In Red at No. 3.

 
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