streisand barbra 250x300 Streisand Beats Mariah, By A NoseThe 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!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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