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Mariah Carey’s Elusive Chanteuse Album Makes Record Debut, Falls Below Projections

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Mariah Carey’s Elusive Chanteuse Album Makes Record Debut, Falls Below Projections

Mariah Carey's new album, "Me. I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse," has made its debut on the coveted Billboard 200.

Led by songs like "Thirsty" and "#Beautiful," the album has set a new record, but it's not a good record according to Billboard.

"The debut of "Elusive" is Carey's smallest opening for a non-holiday studio effort since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Her previous low came when 1991's "Emotions" launched at No. 4 with 156,000. Carey has tallied six No. 1 albums between 1991 and 2008," reports Billboard.

Debuting with 58,000 copies sold in its first week, Carey's album comes in at no.3 on the Billboard 200 and is her lowest selling first week total for a non-holiday studio effort.

The album was originally marked for a released last May (2013), but was pushed back and re-pushed in March with the single "You're Mine (Eternal)."

Coldplay tops this week's Billboard 200 for a second week with "Ghost Stories." The album moved another 83,000 copies to retain the top spot. That gives the album a two week sales total of 466,000 copies sold.

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