Mary J. Blige is STILL setting records

June 7, 2010

With 330,000 copies sold in the first week, Mary J. Blige's newest album, 'Stronger With Each Tear,' may have missed the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart – thanks to Susan Boyle's dominant debut – but she's setting records of her own on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts, where her album has reached No. 1 This is the Queen of Hip Hop Soul's third consecutive studio album to sell more than 300,000 copies during its first week. In 2007, 'Growing Pains' sold 629,000 copies its first week out, while 2005's 'The Breakthrough' debuted at No. 1 with 727,000 copies sold, which makes her the leader among women who have the most number 1 R&B albums the Neilson-Soundscan era.

According to Billboard, the nine-time Grammy Award winner is the ninth woman in SoundScan's 18-year history to see at least three albums all debut with opening sales of 300,000 or more.'Stronger With Each Tear' is Blige's 10th top 10 album to land on the Billboard 200 and her seventh set to reach the top two slots. On the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, it is her ninth No. 1 opus. Not a bad way to cap off the year – and the decade.

According to Billboard, she trails only Aretha Franklin (who has 10 No. 1 albums) for most chart toppers among women.

20 years later and the Queen of R&B is still slaying, snatching wigs, & proving to the world that she's STLL the Queen.

Yes Aretha holds the OVERALL record, but Mary will soon tie & snatch that dusty wig from Aretha. Good Job Mary!


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