Britney's album on target for No. 1 debut

Fri Dec 5, 2008 9:33pm EST
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Britney Spears's new album is still set to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart when sales data are released next Wednesday, according to latest estimates.

"Circus," the pop singer's latest comeback attempt, sold about 330,000 copies in the first three days since it went on sale on Tuesday.

The tally is derived from sales at Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Circuit City, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates the eight merchants account for about 80% of all U.S. album sales.

On Tuesday's street date, Spears appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," where she unveiled plans for a circus-themed tour starting next March.

"Circus" would be Spears' fifth No. 1 album. Among female artists, only four have racked up more chart-toppers: Barbra Streisand (eight), Madonna (seven) and Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson (both with six).

Spears' last release, "Blackout," bowed at No. 2 with 290,000 copies in November 2007.


<p>Britney Spears receives a birthday cake after performing on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York on December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>