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On The Charts: Selena Gomez Bests Jay Z For First No. 1 With ‘Stars Dance’

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The chart reign of rap is over — for now, at least.

Selena Gomez has the new No. 1 album in the country, with Stars Dance topping the Billboard 200 chart this week. The album, Gomez’s fourth, sold 97,000 in its first week — her highest sales week, surpassing 2011′s When the Sun Goes Down, which moved 78,000 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Related: Read Our Stars Dance Review

Stars Dance is also Gomez’s first chart-topping album, having increased her debut spot slightly with each preceding release. When the Sun Goes Down marked her best debut before in her career before this week, bowing at No. 3.

Gomez’s No. 1 debut owes much to “Come and Get It,” the album’s first single, which has hit a peak of No. 6 on the Hot 100. The song is her first Top 10 single and highest charting since 2011′s “Who Says,” which peaked at No. 21. Her continued relevance also finds support in her starring role in 2013′s Spring Breakers, as well as her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. She’s also the youngest solo female artist to get a No. 1 album since Taylor Swift did so with Speak Now in November 2010, according to Billboard.

Stars Dance‘s spot at No. 1 ends the reign of Jay Z‘s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which topped the chart for two weeks and continued a string of No. 1 rap releases that included Kanye West, Wale and J. Cole. Magna Carta drops to No. 2 this week, selling 77,000.

Related: Jay-Z or Kanye: Who’s Got The Throne?

Gomez may not be much of a Disney starlet these days, but the media giant’s Teen Beach Movie soundtrack hits No. 3 this week, selling 57,000 in its second week after debuting at No. 8 last week. The film premiered on Disney Channel on July 19.

Marc Anthony‘s 3.0 becomes the highest-charting Spanish-language album on the Billboard 200 since Mana’s Drama y Luz in April 2011, debuting at No. 5 with 39,000 sold. It’s Anthony’s best sales week since Mended, which debuted with 111,000 sold in 2002.

Rockers We Came as Romans own one of the two other Top 10 debuts, notching No. 8 with Tracing Back Roots, selling 26,000 copies to become the band’s highest-charting and best-selling album in its first week. The other debut belongs to the Rich Gang compilation from Young Money and Cash Money Records, hitting No. 9 with 24,000 sold.

Other returns to the Top 10 include the Kidz Bop 24 compilation, dropping one spot to No. 4 (39,000 sold), Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times (No. 6, 30,000), Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (No. 7, 27,000) and Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (No. 10, 21,000).

Gomez and Jay Z have a few challenges to the throne for next week’s title, most prominently Robin Thicke‘s hotly-anticipated Blurred Lines, as well as new releases from boy bands Emblem3 and Backstreet Boys.

-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

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