The CD sales for last week are in, and the winner is: Barbra Streisand.
Streisand sold 176,000 CDs compared to Mariah Carey’s 172,000. It’s just four thousand copies. You could say Streisand beat Carey by a nose!
The two divas are surrounded, however, by contemporary rock groups. Paramore came in at No. 1, Breaking Benjamin at No. 4, and Alice in Chains at No. 5.
Still, for Streisand especially it’s a nice win. Her “Love is the Answer” album, produced by Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall, was marketed brilliantly with her Village Vanguard show in New York. The CD will likely not sustain a high level in coming weeks, but for a debut, it’s excellent.
Carey, of course, will have a long run on the charts with “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel.” Her Foreigner cover single is a hit, and Carey has many more to come. Plus she’ll have a lot of extra publicity from her movie, “Precious,” next month.
Elsewhere on the top 50, the Beatles are still selling! Their four biggest albums–remastered versions of Sgt.Pepper, Abbey Road, the White Album, and Revolver — are all on the charts. But buyer beware: get the Beatles stereo box set. It has everything, and is totally worth it. I’ve just spent a few days listening to the “Past Masters” CD in the box, with the singles versions of “Let it Be,” “Across the Universe,” and “Love Me Do.” Nothing better!