Barbra Streisand Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

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It's official: Barbra Streisand's Partners album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making the icon the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades.

The Columbia Records effort, which sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21 according to Nielsen SoundScan, marks Streisand's 10th No. 1 album.

Partners' opening sum is the largest sales week for a female artist in 2014, and Streisand's biggest sales frame since Christmas week of 1997. Her last album to sell more in a week was Higher Ground, which shifted 402,000 in the frame ending Dec. 28, 1997.

With a 10th No. 1, she ties for the third-most No. 1's in history with Elvis Presley (who is featured on Partners) and Bruce Springsteen. Ahead of them are The Beatles, with 19, and Jay Z, with 13. (Streisand continues to have the most No. 1 albums among women.)

Streisand's first No. 1 album came almost exactly 50 years ago: People hit No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 31, 1964.

During the new album's release week, Streisand visited NBC's The Tonight Show on Monday, Sept. 15, where she was the only guest for the evening. She performed a medley of songs from the album with host Jimmy Fallon, chatted and then sang a solo number at the end of the show. It was her first proper appearance on a late-night talk show since 1963, when she was last on The Tonight Show. She also was interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America (Sept. 16) and ABC's The View (Sept. 18).

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