Mariah Carey has another reason to celebrate other than her pregnancy. The diva’s new Christmas album, ‘Merry Christmas II You’, is set to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 with 56 537 units sold, giving her her 16th top 10 debut on the tally.
Only Barbra Streisand and Madonna have more top 10 premieres with 30 and 19 entries respectively. Carey’s first Holiday album, ‘Merry Christmas’, was released in 1994 and entered the chart #30 with 45k copies in sales. ‘Merry Christmas II You’ has the distinction of having one of the highest debut rankings of any seasonal album of the last 10 years.
Another notable entry this week is N.E.R.D’s ‘Nothing’ LP which comes in at #24 with 18,559 units sold. However, there is no stopping Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ which managed to remain in the #1 spot with an impressive 327,493 copies sold in its second week on the charts.
Sidebar: These numbers and placements may change when the official Billboard 200 chart is tallied later this week.