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Lambert debuts at the top

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." Her fifth CD sold 179,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The figure is Lambert's best sales week yet, and the most for an album by a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012 when Taylor Swift's "Red" sold 241,000 units.

Each of Lambert's albums began with successively larger debut weeks. "Kerosene" debuted at 18 in 2005 with 40,000. 2007's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" was sixth with 53,000. Two years later, 2009's "Revolution" debuted at 8 with 66,000, and 2011's "Four the Record" was third with133,000.

Lambert took over the top from Coldplay's Ghost Stories.

Brantley Gilbert was third with "Just As I Am," selling 48,000 units, down 26 percent.

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