Streisand makes music history with six decades of No. 1 albums

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Barbra Streisand made music history on Wednesday by becoming the only performer to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades, as her latest release "Partners" topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

The album sold 196,000 copies in its first week, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

With her latest hit, Streisand also became the only female artist to grab the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart on 10 different occasions.

She now holds fourth place on the list of acts with the most No. 1 albums, tailing The Beatles' 19 chart-toppers, Jay Z's 13 records and Bruce Springsteen's 11.

Streisand's first No. 1 album came almost exactly 50 years ago when "People" hit No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 31, 1964, Billboard said.

"Partners" features Streisand singing classic songs with male artists, such as "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel, "Somewhere" with Josh Groban and "People" with Stevie Wonder.

Streisand, 72, led a slew of new entries on the weekly Billboard 200 chart, which measures both physical and digital album sales.

Rapper Chris Brown saw his latest album "X" enter the chart at No. 2 with sales of 145,000 copies. The album is the first since Brown was released from a Los Angeles jail in June after serving a one-year sentence for violating probation from his 2009 assault of pop singer Rihanna.   Continued...

Barbra Streisand performs the song "Memories" from the film "The Way We Were" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013.     REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni