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Mariah Carey Album Sees Lukewarm Chart Start, Coldplay Reigns

Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” held the apex of the U.S. album chart for a second week, as the week’s top contender, a new title by Mariah Carey, managed only a tepid debut.

The U.K. group’s Atlantic set held its position with an 83,000-copy frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 1. The collection lost 78%, but was still strong enough to hold off the No. 2 title, country singer Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” (Valory), which also maintained its slot with 65,000 sold (off 69%).

Carey’s “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” (Def Jam) bowed at No. 3 with 58,000 copies sold out of the box. The title matches the peak of Carey’s last non-holiday collection, 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.” It is the singer’s lowest-selling entry to date.

In the week’s other debuts, teen pop singer Austin Mahone’s EP “The Secret” (Republic/Cash Money) launched at No. 5, moving 46,000. Last year, the vocalist released a debut EP, the imaginatively titled “Extended Play,” which failed to chart.

Crowder – the new solo project by bestselling Christian vocalist David Crowder – moved in at No. 9 with “Neon Steeple” (sixsteps/Sparrow), which arrived with a 22,000-copy tally. His eponymous group climbed to No. 2 in 2012 with “Give Us Rest.”

The remainder of the top 10 comprised holdovers: the “Frozen” soundtrack (No. 4, 58,000, down 10%), the “Now 50” compilation (No. 6, 41,000, off 20%), Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (No. 7, 35,000, off 48%), the Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” (No. 8, 32,000, down 40%) and Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic” (No. 10, 18,000, down 16%).

Country singer Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum” is the major contender for top-10 domination on next week’s chart.

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