* Miley Cyrus is youngest to achieve historic feat *
Week Ending April 19, 2009: She's The Youngest To Ever Do It
Posted Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:06pm PDT by Paul Grein in Chart Watch
Miley Cyrus this week becomes the youngest hit-maker ever to amass three #1 albums on The Billboard 200. The 16-year old overachiever accomplishes the feat as the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie climbs to #1 in its fourth week. Cyrus breaks a record that had been held by Britney Spears, who was 19 when she landed her third #1 album, Britney, in 2001. Cyrus previously topped the chart with Breakout and Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus. (I'm not counting the first Hannah Montana soundtrack toward Cyrus' total, because she didn't yet have star billing. It was strictly a Hannah album.) Spears' three #1 albums as a teenager were ...Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney. Even after all her success, Cyrus is three months younger now than Spears was in November 1998 when she first cracked the Hot 100 with "...Baby One More Time." Fame and fortune at an early age often take a toll on artists (think: Michael Jackson, or for that matter Spears, who went through a rough patch before rebounding with her current album and tour.) I hope Cyrus sidesteps these pitfalls as adroitly as former teen stars Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera have.
Hannah Montana: The Movie is the first album to appear at #1 that didn't debut in the top spot since the Mamma Mia! soundtrack in August, which took five weeks to climb to #1. Hannah debuted at #2 three weeks ago behind Now 30, then fell to #5, before rebounding to #2 last week behind Rascal Flatts' Unstoppable. Hannah wasn't expected to rise to the top this week. The race for #1 was supposed to be between Rascal Flatts and Day26. But the movie's strong showing at the box-office gave the soundtrack the boost it needed. The album has sold 555,000 copies, which puts it second only to U2's No Line On The Horizon as the best-selling album released in 2009. It bumps Bruce Springsteen's Working On A Dream down to third place.