NEW YORK • Show business rule No. 1: Never doubt Barbra Streisand, as this week's music charts affirm once again.
Two years ago, after Billboard changed its chart formula to accommodate streaming, stars such as Streisand - whose fans tend not to be so big on the latest technology - were presumed to be among those whose rankings might suffer. Even if one of her albums sold well, the theory went, it could easily be superseded by another record that was more popular on services such as Spotify.
But this week, her latest album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, showed her to be an exception.
Encore opened at No. 1 with 148,000 copies of the full album sold in the United States, according to Nielsen. Its showing on streaming services was low - songs from it were streamed just 340,000 times for the week, in an era when a typical pop hit can exceed 100 million - but by sales alone, it was more than enough.
The success of Encore extends one of the most remarkable runs in Billboard chart history.
Streisand is the only artist to have No. 1 albums in each of the past six decades - her first was People, in 1964. She has had more No. 1 albums than any other female star.
Two other new albums opened high on the chart this week: Country band Florida Georgia Line stood at No. 2 with Dig Your Roots, which had 126,000 sales and 8.6 million streams; and Britney Spears' Glory started at No. 3 with 88,000 sales and 18 million streams.
Drake's Views fell two spots to No. 4 in its 18th week out and Frank Ocean's Blonde, last week's most popular album, fell four spots to No. 5 in its second week out.
NEW YORK TIMES