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Cyrus has proved without a doubt to be the most discussed artist of the year. Now she’s also one of its top-selling album artists as well: "Bangerz" ranks #8 among 2013’s first-week blockbusters.
IT’S MILEY BY A MILE!
RCA’s Pop Lightning Rod Scores #1 Spot on Our Album Sales Chart With 273k; Panic! At the Disco, Pusha T Among Other Key Debuts

Team RCA is twerking with joy, fondling foam fingers and slobbering on sledgehammers today, as Miley CyrusBangerz takes a wrecking ball to the HITS Album Sales Chart with a great big 273k debut.

Thanks to smashes “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” and their provocative videos (the latter obliterating all kinds of VEVO viewing records), an eyebrow-raising VMA performance and her generally impeccable flair for transforming controversy into success, Cyrus is proving to be the most discussed artist of the year. Now she’s also one of its top-selling album artists as well: Bangerz ranks #8 among 2013’s first-week blockbusters.

Miley’s 2010 Hollywood set Can’t Be Tamed bowed with 102k and has sold 347k to date.

Also debuting in the Top 10 this week are Fueled by Ramen’s Panic! At the Disco (#2, 85k, surpassing the 56k of their 2011 album), Def Jam/IDJ’s Pusha T (#4, 74k), Columbia’s Glee tribute EP The Quarterback (#7, 47k), Prospect Park’s Korn (#8, 45k) and Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope (#9, 44k).

Chart veterans maintaining altitude this week include CM/YM/Republic’s Drake (#3, 80k, -45%), last week’s champ Justin Timberlake on RCA (#5, 72k, -79%) and Lava/Republic’s Lorde (#6, 58k, -54%). Warner Bros.Cher slipped to #10 but only dropped 4% with 32k.

Farther down the chart were bows by Alter Bridge’s Alter Bridge (#11, 31k), FearlessMayday Parade (#13, 26k), Sony Music Latin’s Prince Royce (#14), Blue Note’s Amos Lee (#15) and RCA’s Cage the Elephant (#16), among others.

The week’s greatest gainer was KidinaKorner/Interscope’s indefatigable Imagine Dragons, who gained 5% and finished at #18.

Streeting today are, among others, Monkeywrench/Republic’s Pearl Jam, 19/Interscope’s Scotty McCreery, Island/IDJ’s Fall Out Boy, Hear Music’s Paul McCartney, and holiday sets from Mary J. Blige (Verve/Interscope) and Mannheim Steamroller (American Gramaphone).

So much for our quick overview. Feel free to pore over the stats yourself, ya geek.

Now who wants to head over to Home Depot and lick stuff? We’re buying.

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