Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Shania Twain’s #1 With 2017’s 2nd Biggest First Week Sales for a Female

Published: Thursday 12th Oct 2017 by Rashad

Shania Twain proves yet again that she is still the one.

The Grammy-winning country legend, who broke boundaries for the genre on the pop charts with her albums ‘The Woman in Me’ and ‘Come On Over’ (the best selling album by a female in history), took an unexpected 15-year break after her mega-selling 2002 album,’Up,’ gave her the distinction of being the only female artist in history to release three consecutive diamond-selling albums.

Now, with her new album, conveniently titled ‘Now,’ the songstress (over 20 years since her debut) is continuing to make her presence felt on the pop charts.  As forecasted here, the album – despite having no Hot 100-charting singles to lead it to battle against top pop stars Miley Cyrus & Demi Lovato – not only triumphed over their sets on the bid for the top spot, but sold double that of Lovato (who emerged as Twain’s nearest competitor).

With this victory, Twain entered charts at #1 and claims with her the second highest first week sales of any female this year (to date).  Details inside:

Via Billboard:

Shania Twain debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Now, her first studio album in nearly 15 years. The set starts atop the list with 137,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music.

Of that sum, 134,000 were in traditional album sales — the third-largest sales week for a country album in 2017, and the largest for a [country] woman in nearly two years. Now, which was released on Sept. 29 through Mercury Nashville, is Twain’s second No. 1 album and the first chart-topping country set by a female artist in over three years…

Twain’s ‘Now’ is only bested by Katy Perry‘s ‘Witness,’ which entered charts at #1 in July to the tune of 180,000 SPS its first week (162,000 were traditional sales). Look below to see who joins the country legend in the top 25 on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:

Billboard 200 This Week


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  1. Bitchpleeeeaaaasssezzzzzzzz October 12, 2017

    Icons are just timeless and nothing can override their legacy. ???????????????????????????

  2. Drinkmybussyjuice October 12, 2017

    This is pretty bad considering that the year is almost over. Albums just are not selling. 1 ppl just do not listen to the radio anymore. 2. Streaming has KILLED music. There has not been an artist to get a huge break since lady gaga (no matter where she is now) partly due to the fact that all this s*** sounds the same. Esp the r&b girls. The newer ones. All sound the same, same beats, same tone, same ideas. Nothing exciting. In a few years the industry will be dead if it stays on this path.

    • Bam October 12, 2017

      One search with google found articles that report 91% of Americans still listen to radio but that many teens are choosing Spotify and pandora, that was in 2014-2015 though. Now if teens have pretty much abandoned radio I dont get why stations aren’t playing artist that are over 35 still putting out hot music. The usual BS is that teens don’t want to hear it as though teens make up the majority of listeners and yet they don’t.

      • Drinkmybussyjuice October 13, 2017

        Its on the internet so it must be true

    • Bam October 13, 2017

      Well since it came from Nielsen and Forbes, yes, I’m more inclined to believe them than you.

  3. Theman October 12, 2017

    Nah, she hasn’t released music in forever. So this is great. On top of that a few artists after Lady G have become big, maybe not as big as her in terms of pop culture.

  4. DanYiel Iman October 13, 2017

    She’s an amazing vocalist!!

  5. SayWhat? October 13, 2017

    Lil Uzi Vert has not even hit 100K in pure sales yet and he’s been on that chart for weeks

  6. Taylor swifts number 1 fan!!! October 13, 2017

    I wonder who’ll have the biggest first week sales this year, coming the end of the year though ;]

    • Fancy BISH October 13, 2017

      You’re so shady lol…you know it’ll be Tay Tay

  7. JOHNVIDAL October 13, 2017

    If this is #2 best entry of the year for females then the state of the industry is really bad. Really really bad. Good for Shania anyway. I knew folks who are not screaming on stan wars online would support her more than predicted since she was monumental years ago. Personally I´m not feeling the material.

  8. SMH October 13, 2017

    I’m not surprised. The older artists may not get radio play, but they’re the ones still selling albums, not the newer stars. If you notice, all the Legendary artists’ latest releases over the last couple of years have all crossed the 100K+ mark first week. The younger artists are the ones struggling to do those numbers, even with streaming.

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