Sales report: Katy Perry's 'Prism' easily tops albums chart, gives her best female first-week sales of the year

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It’s time to bring out the big, big, big, big, big, big balloons: Katy Perry’s Prism is No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.

The singer’s fourth effort sold 286,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That gives Perry — who, incidentally, covers the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday — the largest album sales week by a woman this the year, besting Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz by a cool 16,000.

In fact, it’s biggest first week for a female pop album since Madonna’s MDNA moved 359,000 copies back in April of last year. She also easily beat the debut figures of her last album, Teenage Dream, which bowed at No. 1 with 192,000.

Next on the chart is Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt, which dropped from the top spot to No. 2 (46,000) but held up decently (that it was promoted mercilessly during the World Series probably didn’t hurt). Drake’s Nothing Was the Same moved up a spot to No. 3 (44,000), perhaps owing to the start of his recent tour. Cyrus’ Bangerz dripped to No. 4 (43,000), while Lorde’s Pure Heroine rose back up again to No. 5 (40,000).

The rest of the chart played out like so: Fifth Harmony’s Better Together EP debuted at No. 6 (28,000), which Billboard notes is the highest an American X Factor act has ever charted. DJ Khaled’s Suffering From Success bowed at No. 7 (27,000); Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 reentered the top ten at No. 8 (26,000); AFI snagged their third-ever top-ten debut with Burials, which came in at No. 9 (25,000); and Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party rounded out the list at No. 10 (nearly 25,000).

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