Mariah Scores Top 3 Debut with ‘Memoirs’

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.