In a week that saw just one newly released title slip into the U.S. top 10, Garth Brooks captured the No. 1 position with his budget-priced boxed set.
"Blame It All On My Roots" secured the top post with a 146,000-copy week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Dec. 8. The six-CD/two-DVD package, a Walmart exclusive, debuted last week at No. 3. Brooks, who retired from live performing in 2001, announced earlier this week that he would commence a world tour in 2014.
The frame's sole debuting album to reach the top 10 was Britney Spears' "Britney Jean" (RCA), which came aboard at No. 4, moving 107,000. It is the lowest debut ever for the onetime teen-pop diva; her previous two albums, "Femme Fatale" (2011) and "Circus" (2008), both bowed at No. 1. Spears' current set sold a fraction of the 276,000 copies the former title shifted two years ago.
Among the holdovers, One Direction's "Midnight Memories" (Columbia) dipped to No. 2, selling 117,000 (off 79%), while Kelly Clarkson's holiday title "Wrapped in Red" (RCA) rose to No. 3 with 112,000 sold (off 15%).
Christmas titles predominated in the top 10, with the Robertsons' "Duck the Halls" (No. 5, 105,000 sold, down 23%), Pentatonix's EP "PTXmas" (No. 7, 60,000, up 119%), Michael Buble's resurgent 2011 collection "Christmas" (No. 8, 57,000, up 10%) and Mary J. Blige's new "A Mary Christmas" (No. 10, 51,000, off 10%) all claiming top rungs.
The top 10 was filled out by Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (No. 6, 84,000, down 58%) and Katy Perry's "Prism" (No. 9, 51,000, off 62%).
Garth Brooks' 'Roots' Boxed Set Hits No. 1
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.