Well, it's official: Britney Spears' Britney Jean is a flop.
Britney Jean debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts this week with 107,000 copies, making it the lowest-charting and lowest-selling studio album of Brit's career. Adding insult to injury is that Britney Jean is the only new debut in the top five: Garth Brooks and One Direction's new albums --which are at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively-- are both in their second week, while Kelly Clarkson's Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, which follows at No. 3, has been out since October.
A few years ago it would've seemed unbelievable that Kelly Clarkson could outsell a pop phenomenon like Britney Spears, but it's happened. Wrapped In Red has already shifted an impressive 442,000 copies, and it still has two weeks of very strong sales left before Christmas hits. Britney Jean, on the other hand, doesn't look poised for any chart longevity at all: latest single, "Perfume," already tanked on the Hot 100 and is currently sitting at No. 92 on iTunes, while the album's international performance has been dismal. It missed the top ten in Australia and Japan, and the top thirty in the UK.
Thankfully, Britney herself probably isn't too concerned with her latest flop. According to some industry folk who spoke to MTV for an article about Britney Jean's poor sales, the aim of the album was more than likely just a way to attract people to Britney's lucrative Vegas show -- not an attempt to get on radio or dominate the charts like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
"They probably figured they'd make their money [on the residency] and use the record to get people to Vegas," he said. "It's like Celine Dion or Elton John, you get your fans to come to you and use the record as a business card to get people in the door."
Does this mean we're not gonna get "Passenger" as a single any time soon? Damn.
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