June 4, 2014


Mariah Carey Earns Lowest First-Week Sales With 'Me. I Am Mariah...'

Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Sorry lambs, but apparently elusive is another way to describe Mariah Carey album sales. The diva's Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse LP opens on the Billboard 200 chart with 58,000 copies sold, landing her at No. 3 on the chart.

This is the smallest opening for a Mariah LP, not including her two holiday albums, since 1991, when information and sales tracking system SoundScan was created for precise album sales figures.

Before eventually hitting No. 1 and selling nine million copies, Mariah Carey's self-titled debut album from 1990 started at No. 80 on the Billboard 200. This was probably a lower first-week sum than Me. I Am Mariah..., but it was released a year before SoundScan was created. So the numbers a little hazy. 

Post-SoundScan era, Me. I Am Mariah... is the "Thirsty" singer's smallest opening since her Emotions LP from 1991. That record hit No. 4 with 156,000 copies sold. Yeah, back then not even 156k could get you in the Top 3... go figure.

Here's a little bit more Mimi chart trivia for the Lambily: Mariah's E=MC² album actually gave the diva her biggest first week sales ever—463,000 copies sold for the record that spawned her most recent No. 1, "Touch My Body."