Billboard fully expected Madonna’s new album MDNA to go #1 in its debut week. However, it sold even better than they had originally predicted.

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MDNA became Madonna’s eighth #1 album after a very successful debut week.

Among women, she is now in second place all-time for the most #1 albums, behind only Barbara Streisand with nine #1’s.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, MDNA sold 359,000 copies by the end of the tracking week, which ended Sunday April 1.

Original predictions had the album netting anywhere between 300,000 and 350,000 total units in week 1.

Actual figures show that the album bested the original projections by nearly 10,000 copies, which is even more impressive in this day and age considering how much the game has changed.

For comparison purposes, Madonna hasn’t had an album do this well in its debut week since 2000’s Music, which sold 420,000 copies en route to its #1 spot on the charts.


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