Mariah Scores Top 3 Debut with ‘Memoirs’

Mariah Carey

It was the battle of the divas on the charts this week as Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, and Madonna all released new albums, but only one came out on top.

Streisand’s Love Is the Answer finishes in first with 180,415, edging out Paramore’s Brand New Eyes (175,112) and Carey’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which comes in third place with 167,912 units sold in its first week.

The songbird’s last effort, 2008′s E=MC², debuted at No. 1 with 463,000, her biggest first week ever. This marks the second lowest opening week for Carey since Glitter in 2001 (116,000).

Elsewhere on the charts, Madonna’s greatest hits collection, Celebration, gets the party started at No. 7 with 72,159 copies, while Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 drops from No. 2 to No. 6 with 88,609.

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71 Comments

  1. Carl

    O.. Wow…

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  2. Dre

    The Fans aint talking now ………..

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  3. Maik

    so what… i don’t care MC is still the best female recording artist of all time, so STFU haters!!

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    ADMC Reply:

    @Maik, The greatest selling female of all time is Madonna, not MC. Get your facts straight.

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    kim Reply:

    @ADMC, Mariah is the the best selling-female artist of ALL TIME. get your shit right. thanks. 250M sold and even more now.

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    Music Fan Reply:

    @kim,

    Sorry Mariah isn’t the best selling-female of all time. I’m sure your info came from Wikipedia which is a website that anyone can alter. Nielson Scan, Record label, United World Chart, RIAA etc… Clearly state Madonna is the best selling-female of all time world wide. Barbra is the highest selling in the US Madonna second and Mariah third but world wide Madonna is on top. So like you said kim “get your shit right”.

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    Susan Mueni Reply:

    @Music Fan, Puh-leze, why all the Puh- lease, why all the misinformation. MC IS THE GREATEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST EVER. And she did this despite coming WAY AFTER Madonna and Streisand who had such a HUGE head-start on her but they still can’t touch this musical genius. So that makes her success even more exciting ha ha. I know its a bitter pill to swallow but MC can’t help it- singer, songwriter/producer all wrapped into one nice package. When Streisand and Madonna start writing and co-producing all of their own music, MAYBE then they’ll be able to be as hot as Mariah. Till then…

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  4. stacey

    ^ The delusional stans main arguement know her album has flopped. Why must you state that she is the “best female recording artist of all time”. The only hit album she had this decade was The Emancipation of mimi. But for you to equate Mariah Carey as the “best female recording artist of all time” is extremely disturbing. Let me guess your either a gay man or a 12 year old girl??. SMH

    Minnie Riperton, Lisa Fischer, Rachelle Farrell, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, even Whitney Houston before the crack are the best female recording artist of all time. This is fact. Mariah Carey would be NOTHING without that whistle and the machine behind during the 90′s.

    DELUSIONAL STANS FALL BACK

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  5. Giselle

    There’s a lot of people who can’t even debut in the top 10. Some people may call this a flop, because the times have changed, but Mariah has nothing to prove she has already done that.

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  6. LOL

    STACEY stfu! How are the singers you mentioned the best singers of all time? that’s YOUR opinion NOT a fact. if you’re going to state facts make sure its a fact and not an opinion dummy.

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  7. Johnny

    Love Mariah’s new album regardless!

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  8. HMM

    Wow. I agree with Giselle. and i don’t care what no one says the new album is HOT from start to finish…

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  9. Fresh Prince

    @ dre

    I agree, they getn defensive now lmao

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  10. emil

    Its a flop Giselle deal with it.

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  11. R-D

    still a great album. :)

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  12. kim

    how is a flop a debut at #3 i dont get it?

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  13. Would have been #1...album leaked!!!

    MC would have scored another #1 but her album leaked at least a week before the release date. Plus they had the album everywhere for free listening…WTF!!!! I doubt Barbara’s album leaked!!! Plus Paramore and Babs haven’t released albums in a while…whereas MC released on in 2008 and it’s 2009!!!!

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  14. Would have been #1...album leaked!!!

    Her album leaked almost a week before release and there was free listening on different sites as well. She would have been #1. I doubt Bab’s album leaked!!! Plus, MC released an album in 2008, whereas it has been a while for Paramore and Bab’s. Not a failure by MC…just whoever leaked the album. The album is pretty GOOD.

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    Star Reply:

    @Would have been #1…album leaked!!!,
    so wat Lil waynes album leaked like and still was #1 and sold 1 million
    and also Jay Z’s not to forget about T.I.s Paer Trail all these albums leaked 2 or more weeks prior to their relase date and still landed at #1 on Billboard. Sorry but R.I.P. to mariah Carey’s carrear

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    Even the greatest has flaws!!!! Reply:

    @Star, No…actually, R.I.P. to your SPELLING!!!!

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    Star Reply:

    @Even the greatest has flaws!!!!,

    Um no stop changing the subject you dam well know she floped

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  15. Dre

    album leaked or not the album is trash like her obsessed fans thats why it flopped bad and now her retarted fans making more excuses 4 her she need to lay off and go try sumthing else.

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  16. Josh

    PEOPLE, Mariah Carey HASNOT sold 250 million albums go look at the RIAA or The IFPI, she is not even in the top 10 artists of all time, in fact ONLY 2 female artists are, MADONNA at #3 behind Elvis and The Beatles and Whitney Houston at #10. Madonna is the #1 selling female vocalist of all time. In the USA Barbra Strisand is the #1 selling female vocalist by album sales, Total albums and singles Madonna is #1, globally no other female artist even comes close to Madonna’s album sales.

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  17. Mac

    u can’t use the leak as an argument. every artist goes through that. jay-z’s bp3 leaked over a week before his release and he still sold over 475,000.

    her pr and promo was weak.

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  18. Dre

    @ josh and Mac trust me u cant tell these slow fans nothing they gonna go and make up s*** and i was a fan of Mariah this album is trash sorry.

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  19. Pinoy

    I’m just looking at those 2 melons!!!

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  20. Maurice

    Some of you people are really delusional. It’s not about record sales anymore.

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  21. septim23

    i mean really? Has anyone heard the album…snooze fest. I hate the fact that she sounds like The Dream on most of the tracks! Even her “lambs” didnt come out and get the album. she really needs to take a break, put some clothes on, and chill out for a second. Rest her vocals and make another Emancipation…grown up music. Or she can make some movies (can front, cant wait for Precious)But 2 albums in a row that were garbage…not gonna cut it. PERIOD. Remember…she’s no Beyonce(waiting to hear the hate!! LOL!)

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  22. LiCari

    LMAO!
    Wow , the hater just keep comin` in huh?
    Although Mariah didnt come out on top, the album
    is still fantastic. Good music always outweighs record sales.

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  23. connect

    ima let you finish, but MC has some of the best cleavage of ALL TIME right there. COT DAMN!

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  24. david

    Bravo Mariah for this top 10.I notice many Maraih haters are having a blast that it didn’t debut at #1,seriously guys u r so so lame.Besides this album isn’t the typical commercial album that tops the charts,it’s like the most personal album she has done and despite that it still debuted at #3!!!
    Seriously congrats Mariah
    And haters:Stop being obsessed with her,I noticed also that the same haters keep replying to fans’ replies which clearly shows that haters are that OBSESSED!

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  25. Cassie11

    THAT’S STILL A BIG OPENING NUMBER !!!!
    VERY HUGE STILL CAPABLE OF BEIN 2x platium !!!
    It sold a lower number cause the album was pushed back
    3 times cause of. It not bein finish !!

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  26. Star

    I told you so. she floped like a bitch yall little mc fans said she wouldnt. But she floped Eminem i gotta give u props. u helped R.I.P. MC./

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  27. lol...hahahah em killed her

    ur a press conference hahahaha

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  28. lol...hahahah em killed her

    yes we are obsessed, thats why we bought her cd ;)

    NOT LOL

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  29. SHES SUPPOSE TO BE THE GREATEST!!!

    EMINEM SOLD JAY Z SOLD MARIAH??? UMM MARIAH WHO? NOT SO MUCH HAHAHAHAHA

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  30. Even the greatest has flaws!!!!

    Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team…

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  31. Catie

    Seriously, if this was an artist like LeToya or Christina Milian then this would be a huge success (selling 167,912 in one week) but since it’s Mariah then it’s considered a flop. Mariah is at a point in her career where album sales really don’t matter. This is coming from somebody who’s not a Mariah stan (i did buy the album though). The album itself is amazing, there is not one filler track on the entire album. IMO, it’s much better than “E=MC2″ but not as balanced as “The Emancipation of Mimi”.

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    Star Reply:

    @Catie, Who wouldnt wanna sell dude. You got it all wrong learn your the music industry

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  32. LC

    ^^^^ Now what kind of relevance does that have to this article.

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  33. An0thrDream

    How is coming in at #3 a flop! ya’ll sound SOOO stupid.

    Number 3 in the united states is amazing, do you guys know how much it takes to even chart!?

    So of you are so ignorant! DONT down someone as accomplished as mariah. Grow up, what the hell are ya’ll doin with your lives that give you the right to talk?

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    Star Reply:

    @An0thrDream, For somone like Mariah Carey it is if it was Keril Hilsion or Ciara it wouldnt be

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  34. joe

    #3 album isn’t a flop. if she debuted at #30, now that would be a flop.
    i like the album! and it will sell!!!

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  35. Dre

    @ Joe u could cum at #1 and b a flopp if ur album sales aint what ur record company is lookin 4 consider to them its a flopp and mariah album sales are a huge flopp so b 4 u open ur mouth learn how the music business run she flopped hard get over it and go by a million of her cds so she culd go platium at least.

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  36. Tiger44

    @ all these people think this album first week aint a flop get in the music industry and ur recor company want u 2 sell at least 300.000 ur first week and u sell like mariah did the first week and see how fast us a** get dropped from that lable floppppp……………….

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  37. Star

    A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop A big flop A big Flop

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  38. mimi313

    WTF LOL FAAAAAAILL

    463,000, her biggest first week ever

    eminems biggest first week was like 2,000,000 CDS SOLD!
    then the bitch says no one knows who he is on the radio

    omg FAAAAAAAAAAAIILL die fat plastic 40 year old used up whore
    yeah i hate her
    WAT?!

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    ? Reply:

    @mimi313, Lil’ Wanye had the biggest 1st week sales EVER…1,000,000 sold???

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    Star Reply:

    @?, No actually it was Eminem then 50 cent then wayne Get your facts right

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    ? Reply:

    @Star, the question marks are at the end of the statement for a reason…i was ASKING a question. Sorry for not forming a complete sentence…

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    Star Reply:

    @?, o ok, but no it wasnt lil wayne it was 50 cent and Eminem and 50 cent had the biggest debut in Hiphop ever

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  39. xyz

    her album is great, but its a flop

    of course…nr. 3 is not a flop, but look at the sales! its a third of her last cd! of course its a flop!

    janets last one debuted at no. 1 and was saleswise a flop!

    too bad, cause the cd is great

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  40. pat

    if this is not a flop then janet and madonna’s latest have all been blockbusters

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  41. joy

    It’s a flot and all albums leak- whitney’s leaked 9 days before her release date and her label had her entire album streaming for free for 2 wks on her site, it was also streaming for 2 wks for free on Oprah’s site, the single ILTY was given away for free if you emailed her official site and she still sold 311k first week so that is not an excuse,

    Jay’z's album leaked, sean kingston’s did etc. I bet you she won’t sell pas 68k copies this week- they know it is a flop that is why they are rushing out these remixes which will further cause it to flop cuz no one want to hear a 40yr old sing with nasty gucci mane, oj da juice man and big boi wiht JD talking over the track…uggghh! #FAIL!

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  42. hellosinjin

    She’s still gonna sell more world wide.

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    DUCK Reply:

    @hellosinjin, MARIAH IS NOTHING OUTSIDE USA

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  43. Star

    Plastic ass used up figure i wonder if you light a match up around her. she will melt cause all th plastic

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  44. NALDO

    DESPITE WHAT HATERS SAY WHAT THE BILLBOARDS HAVE WE ALL KNOW THAT SALES DO NOT DECIDE WHAT IS A GREAT ALBUM.MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL IS ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF OUR TIME AND EVEN IN DEBUTING AT#3 MARIAH TRUELY DID A GOOD JOB ON THIS ALBUM.SO FOR ALL THE HATERS MARIAH IS STILL THE BEST SO GET UP OUT HER FACE.
    AND LISTEN TO ANGELS CRY,BECAUSE IT SHOWS,GIVE HOME GIRL A PEN AND A PAPER AND SHE WRITES THE HITS

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    Star Reply:

    @NALDO, she was the best homie! her album could be the best in the world but she still flopped. due to the fact that she lost buzz and fans. Thats what she gets for messing with Eminem. and making a song bassed on that situation(Obbsesed) I guess people diddnt really like that. And she lost fans or the fans wernt really feeling it( so they diddnt support her for this album) She thought it was a good idea but it wasnt. Know she is trying to save face by saying her songs are on the radio and Eminems arnt.when she shouldnt of said that beacuse Eminem is a Hip Hop legend and best selling Hip Hop artist in the world. To correct her His songs are on the radio. So their you have it thats why people hate. she thincks she is the best and no matter what she saids she is gonna see succsess.But know we see thats not true

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  45. Catie

    Seriously, what else does she have to prove? Nothing. The album itself is amazing and is her best album in years and that’s all that matters.

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  46. davidf

    OBSESSED IS PLATINUM ALREADY THANKS TO EMINEM , SHE HAS 1 MILLION SOLD MORE TO HER SUM, I LOVE MARIAH’S WORK DESPITE POSITIONS, SHE FOUND LOVE ,YOU ALL KNOW YOU CAN’T HAVE EVERYTHING AT THE SAME TIME, THIS ”WORLD” ALWAYS GIVES US LIGHT OR DARK TIMES, YOU ALL KNOW THAT.GOOD FOR BARBRA BECAUSE SHE IS TALENTED I HOPE SHE CAN SUSTAIN ON THE CHART.WE’LL SEE.

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  47. Drizzy

    Thia album will sell well in the long run. It can’t be denied its GREATNESS! this is a classic album and the world needs to HEAR it!

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  48. shando

    where is the fanssssssssssss

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  49. Star

    no fans

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  50. lindsay

    mariah carey is a legend who has dominated for 20 years and everybody is so used to her being number 1 that they think number 3 is a flop!that just goes to show u how succesful shes been! and stop trying to compare someone like emenim to mariah!emenims fans are trailer trash crackers just lke him! he gives all the little white crackers that wanna be black hope! look at his video sing for the moment-aint nuthen but whiteys!lol and by the way lil wayne DID outsell him! as for mariah being used up,look at madonnas old ass, ELEVEN YEARS OLDER THAN MARIAH, shes a hag, she needs to sit her old ass down! mariah is a legend with 18 number ones, second only to the beatles. her career has been hella successful and NOBODY can take that away from her!

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  51. heather

    why is everyone hating on mariah? who cares whos had the most selling records top selling records what spot their in
    has anyone forgot she is a diva
    it doesnt matter if you argue if shes the number one female top selling artist of all time she can not be compared to men nor to people older and ahead of her but most people will agree she has a angels singing voice she could sing anything and it would sound pretty shes beautiful for her age so people stop hating she can sing and my opinion she has the best female voice in the world i love mariah since i was 10 im not a finatic but i can listen to her sing for hours and not seem to get a headache
    shes awesome come on everyone who is a fan will agree and if you dont like her its cuz ur jealous, cuz shes so well liked dont envy her shes awesome:)

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  52. lindsay

    who else has won awards like artist of the decade, artist of millenium and a lifetime achievement award and has 18 number ones and is THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME? not madonna, not britney, not beyonce. Mariah carey. peple are just hating cuz they CANT STAND HOW SUCCESFUL QUEEN MARIAH HAS BEEN FOR 20 YRS! hate on,haters! lol shes laughing all the way to the bank!

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  53. Matthew

    EMinem KILLED HER
    With NO singles
    PPL didnt want to HEAR HIM on the RADIO
    She was all over the radio
    and yet…
    she got KILLED
    Eminem went platinum worldwide in a week with 600-000 + sold in the states. He merked her

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  54. RIP

    Introducing the new album from US R&B Diva……..Memoirs of An Epic Flop !!! LOL

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  55. Spy vs Spy

    Linsay…Mariah is a legend? You must be joking gal?

    In the Europe, she is struggling to match half of Britney’s sales showdown in this era :(

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  56. Green Line

    No one is really calling the album a flop because its peak position was #3. It’s a flop because it fell to the bottom of the Top 200 chart in only 6 weeks. It also won’t even be certified gold. These are reasons WHY it’s a flop.

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