It looks like a late-week sales surge will give Barbra Streisand her 11th number 1 album in the U.S. with Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.
According to Hits Daily Double, it was the sales surge and the bundling of the album with concert tickets that pushed the album to sales of 150,000 for the weeks and sales plus streaming of 151,000, most likely giving her the number 1 album almost entirely through the purchasing of units.
Although the final chart position won't be known until Tuesday, her closest competitor is Florida Georgia Line whose Dig Your Roots is at an estimated 128,700 units sold and 148,200 units when streaming is added in. Britney Spears' Glory is third (91,900 / 115,900)
If Streisand gets the number 1, it will put her all alone at number 3 on the list of artists with the most number 1 albums:
- 01. Beatles (19)
- 02. Jay Z (13)
- 03. Barbra Streisand (11 (if number 1))
- 04. Bruce Springsteen (10)
- 04. Elvis Presley (10)
- 06. Garth Brooks (9)
- 06. Rolling Stones (9)
- 08. Madonna (8)
It will also continue her streak as the only artist to have a number 1 album in each of the last six decades.
Streisand's number 1 albums:
- People (1964)
- The Way We Were (1974)
- A Star is Born (1976)
- Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1978)
- Guilty (1980)
- The Broadway Album (1985)
- Back to Broadway (1993)
- Higher Ground (1997)
- Love is the Answer (2009)
- Partners (2014)
- Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)
It will also be Barbra's 34th top ten album, breaking a tie she was in with Frank Sinatra and putting her firmly at number 2 on the list of artists with the most top tens:
- 01. Rolling Stones (36)
- 02. Barbra Streisand (34)
- 03. Frank Sinatra (33)
- 04. Beatles (30)
- 05. Elvis Presley (27)
As for other veteran artists, De La Soul is at number 10 on the Hits Daily Double Album Sales chart with And the Anonymous Nobody with sales of 15,000. Streaming only added about 2,000 units so the album drops to 19 on Sales Plus Streaming.
Prophets of Rage are at 25 on the Sales chart with their EP The Party's Over on sales of 7,700. They are not in the top fifty when streaming is added.
Also look for a number of Juan Gabriel albums to hit the chart this week, although most likely below number 50. Gabriel died suddenly late last week.