Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Debuts at No. 3

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey returns to the charts with her first album in five years, but the sales were less than stellar.

The singer’s 14th album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse enters the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with 58,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It becomes her 17th top 10 album. Her last non-holiday effort, 2009′s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, debuted at No. 3 with 168,000.

Despite positive reviews, The Elusive Chanteuse marks Mariah’s smallest opening for a non-holiday album since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Her previous low was 1991′s Emotions, which opened at No. 4 with 156,000.

The album spawned singles including the Miguel-assisted “#Beautiful,” which hit No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which peaked at No. 88.

Teen pop star Austin Mahone also makes a top 10 debut with his EP The Secret, which comes in at No. 5 with 46,000.

Michael Jackson’s posthumous LP Xscape slides 3-7 with 35,000, while Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic closes out the top 10 with 18,000.



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33 Comments

  1. Meech305_

    Beyoncé sold that in a couple of hours. LMAO

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    troof Reply:

    @Meech305_, Beyonce’s discography combined is weak. LMAO

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    Why bring up Beyonce? Reply:

    @Meech305_, so did MC up until recently. We’ll see if Beyonce is even around or successful still in 25 years.

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    Rau Reply:

    @Why bring up Beyonce?, Mariah dropped her debut album in 1990, Beyonce in 2003. Why the f did you say 25 years? Try 10ish.

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @Why bring up Beyonce?, no worries she will still be here in 25 years. She’s already been around since 1997 and has not stopped killing it. Even her worst selling album went platinum. I know your mad because Mrs. Carter is slaying with little effort while Mimi’s thirsty ass is barely selling 90,000 copies in a week.
    /-)

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  2. @dirtypeaches

    I’m a huge Mariah fan (or stan, lol) but I wasn’t surprised. I think her and her team knew how it was going to be sales-wise. At this point, she shouldn’t worried about sales or hits, considering the climate and how the industry is. She was never a huge digital artist like the new girls so its she’s focusing on critical acclaim and continuing her artistry as one of the most amazing singers from the past 30 years. The album got some of her best reviews in years and I think she should stay focused on giving quality while microwavable artists focus on quantity.

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    Kilyan Reply:

    @@dirtypeaches,

    I couldn’t agree more !

    Her artistry and talent is unparalleled !

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  3. reeses

    Yet her album is stalled at platinum FOH

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  4. Truther

    What singles does she even have out? The album seemed to just drop really randomly. Ppl didn’t really know about it. But i think her low sales also has to do with her cocky diva attitude she needs to humble herself again

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  5. Kyle

    Those sales are brutally painful for an artist like Mariah but I expected it. This album rollout was a mess. It’s been pushed back time after time due to poor charting singles and then her label announces a “surprise” release and then 2 days later announce that it won’t be a surprise. At the end of the day though, the quality matters and I was pleased with the album as a whole. Mariah’s got money so she’s set.

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  6. EdgarC

    All I want to know is why aren’t the Lambs buying her album? About 44 million Lambs attack you if you say anything bad about her, but they don’t buy her album?

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  7. Realistically

    Marketing and PR team dropped the ball. “Beautiful” was a smash hit – should have had a video + album out immediately after.

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    chris Reply:

    @Realistically, very true I think

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  8. BEDSTUYFLY

    Yikes. I still enjoyed the album tho.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Ditto! The album was good & the lackluster sales in no way diminishes her talent. The roll out for the album was the cause of the poor sales. It continued to get pushed back, then they couldnt decide on a way to release (lead singles or surprise release, they teased both). I am a numbers girl but they are only reflective of the quantity NOT the quality.

    p.s. what’s up w/ the lambs? i’m shocked they didnt purchase the album to support.

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  9. OnlyChrisJ

    Ciara Sold More Than Mariah What A Shocker Lol… I Still Like Her Album Though

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    D Reply:

    @OnlyChrisJ,

    So did Kelly k Michelle Tamar etc. Shut ya ho a$$ up. Hating twat

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    DopeBoi Reply:

    @D,
    This dick face does not understand English..

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    DopeBoi Reply:

    @D,
    This d!ck face does not understand english

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  10. Andy

    silence of the lambs

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    Rachel Reply:

    @Andy, These tears I cry …

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  11. JD

    Sales don’t mean anything really. It’s a great album. I wish the actually talented artists with great albums would put in more promo time than the lesser artists.

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @JD, If sales don’t count then promo shouldn’t either. A good album is a good album. Sales and allocades only compliment it. However a good album this is not. It’s a watered down version of everything she’s done since 2005. Real artists grow
    /-)

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  12. lamb4life

    Call me when Beyonce or any of your faves go Diamond. Ill wait….

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @lamb4life, call me when Mariah has 17 Grammies. I guess we’ll both be waiting.
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    lamb4life Reply:

    @King Fierce, 17 grammies for what though? Lol her only good cds were Dangerously in Love and maybe B’Day. No shade but seriously is this even a debate? Mariah was number 1 in competition with greats Beyonce is in comptetion with herself. Theres no comparison to Mariah and Beyonce. One was born with IT the other made herself have IT.

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  13. bard727

    she makes no effort with her fans, her concert was wack, she didnt even apologise 4 being two hours late…. she thinks shes higher than everyone thats why ppl cant relate to her no more and therefore down goes her sales!

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  14. Jae

    All the comparisons between a Pop Icon and a Icon that’s known for her voice and not marketing should stop. I’m in no way a fan of Mariah’s but she did deliver a solid album and has out sung any of her recent contemporaries. Just glad real music was put out, regardless of sales which can be manipulated.

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  15. DLOC

    MILLIONS of people enjoyed the new Mariah Carey album on the internet or on on their smartphones a for a full week BEFORE it even officially went on sale FOR FREE….
    So she basically gave it away gratis and yet it STILL WAS THE BESTSELLING NEW RECORD on the billboard charts!
    ALSO #1 DEBUT ON R&B CHARTS!!
    Mariah is an r&b artist.
    CONGRATULATIONS on the CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RETURN of the LEGENDARY r&b superstar MARIAH CAREY!!!!

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @DLOC, #delusional
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    King Fierce Reply:

    @DLOC, and there is no way it’s the best selling record on Billboard, when it is one of the lowest selling.
    /-)

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  16. lamb4life

    I cant with all these Beyonce trolls. Lol yall need to worry about Rihanna taking her place cuz she already got 13 number 1′s how many B got?

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  17. Lang

    Slow sales means nothing believe when word get out that this album is as good one Mariah stayed she didn’t care if it didn’t sale that much it was about the music this album had slow week but it is number one in more than twenty one countries including the u.s. Number one album on the r&b charts number three one the two hundred billboard charts that album still can make it to the top of the charts

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