Pop icon Madonna is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new album Madame X, which easily snags the top spot on the all-encompassing tally, beating a handful of debuts, including one from another legend: rocker Bruce Springsteen.
Madame X opens in the peak spot thanks to 95,000 equivalent units, with 90,000 of those being pure sales.
Throughout her career, Madonna has now charted nine No. 1 albums, with over 30 years passing from the first time she led the charge until now. The singer’s 1984 sophomore full-length Like A Virgin was her first to hit No. 1, and since then, she’s reached the top more often than not, with eight subsequent albums—True Blue (1986), Like a Prayer (1989), Music(2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), Hard Candy (2008) and MDNA (2012)—also ruling for at least one frame.
In between all her chart-topping full-lengths, Madonna has placed an additional 13 titles inside the top 10 on the Billboard 200, including studio albums—Madonna (No. 8, 1983), Erotica (No. 2, 1992), Bedtime Stories(No. 3, 1994), Ray of Light (No. 2, 1998) and Rebel Heart (No. 2, 2015)—soundtracks that accompanied films—Who’s That Girl (No. 7, 1987), I’m Breathless (No. 2, 1990) and Evita (No. 2, 1996)—compilations of her greatest hits—The Immaculate Collection (No. 2, 1990), Something to Remember (No. 6, 1995), GHV2 (No. 7, 2001) and Celebration (No. 7, 2009)—and even a live recording—Sticky & Sweet Tour (No. 10, 2010).
Madame X was preceded by two proper singles, “Medellin” with Maluma and “Crave” with Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd fame. Three additional promotional singles—“I Rise,” “Future” with Quavo and “Dark Ballet”—were also shared before the album was available in full. So far, none of those songs have reached the Hot 100, though that may change when that tally is refreshed.
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