April 6, 2011 / 4:31 PM / 9 years ago

Britney tops U.S. album charts despite weak sales

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Britney Spears scored her sixth No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, although sales were lower than expected.

“Femme Fatale” sold 276,000 copies copies during its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the period ended April 3. Last week, prognostictors were looking at a start in the 280,000 to 300,000 range.

Moreover Spears’ last effort, “Circus,” sold 506,000 copies during its first chart-topping week in 2008. Only her 1999 debut, “... Baby One More Time,” began with a smaller figure (121,000 at No. 1). The only Spears album that did not reach the top was 2007’s “Blackout” (No. 2, 290,000 copies).

Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrived at No. 2 as his major-label debut “Rolling Papers” sold 197,000 copies.

Adele’s “21” held at No. 3 (94,000), reigning champ Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.” slid three places to No. 4 (91,000), and the “Songs for Japan” charity compilation rose one place to No. 5 (71,000).

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