Barbra Streisand’s Encore Makes History: Enters Billboard Chart at #1
The entertainment icon’s latest studio recording of Broadway duets also hit #1 in the U.K.
Streisand Encore HR
Barbra Streisand’s new recording Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which was released August 26, delivered the award-winning artist her 11th #1 album on Billboard magazine’s Hot 200 chart.
Encore, an album of showtunes recorded by the 74-year-old, sold 149,000 “equivalent album units” in the week ending September 1, according to Nielsen Music, beating out Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots, which came in second with 145,000 units. The positions had been forecast to be reversed. She also topped recent releases by Britney Spears and Frank Ocean.
Streisand has extended her track record of having the most #1 albums among female artists, and ties her with Bruce Springsteen for the third-most among all acts. The Beatles had a record 19 chart-toppers, followed by Jay Z, with 13.
Streisand was also on her way to having her seventh #1 album on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which marks Streisand’s 35th studio album, features duets of Broadway tunes with Hollywood stars, including Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Wilson, Jamie Foxx and others.