One more time, Britney Spears arrives at the top of the pops, as her new album “Femme Fatale” debuts at No. 1 on the U.S. chart.
Pop tart turned tabloid institution’s Jive album settles in with first-week sales of 276,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 3. It’s the singer’s sixth No. 1 collection.
Set, which benefited from a big label ramp-up, still failed to come close to the 506,000-unit first-week tally of Spears’ previous release “Circus” (2008).
Bowing at No. 2, rapper Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers” (Atlantic) marches on board with 197,000 sold. Set was prefaced by a No. 1 single, “Black and Yellow,” which gave props to the MC’s hometown football team, Super Bowl also-rans the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Continuing a hearty sales clip, U.K. vocalist Adele’s “21” (Columbia) holds steady at No. 3, scanning 94,000 (a slim 2% decline) in its sixth week. Singer’s sophomore collection should top sales of 1 million next week.
Last week’s No. 1 entry, R&B star Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.” (Jive) cooled quickly, dropping three rungs to No. 4 while losing 66% and selling 91,000.
The digital-only benefit comp “Songs for Japan” gains 5% in its first full week on sale and moves up a notch to No. 5, shifting 71,000 on iTunes. Collection was released on CD Tuesday via Sony Legacy.
Following its physical debut, U.K. band Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs” (TBD) moves on board at No. 6 with 69,000 sold. Set made its digital debut in February exclusively at the band’s Web site; no download sales figures have been announced to date.
Behind a 66% drop, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s “I Remember Me” (Arista) topples five slots to No. 7 in its second week, shifting 56,000.
West Coast rap titan Snoop Dogg’s “Doggumentary” (Capitol) bows at No. 8 with a 50,000-unit tally.
Gospel titles wrap up the top 10: Kirk Franklin’s “Hello Fear” (GospoCentric) moves down five positions to No. 9 in its second frame with 46,000 sold (off 47%), while female duo Mary Mary’s “Something Big” (Columbia) debuts at No. 10, moving 42,000 out of the box.