Miranda Lambert Takes ‘Platinum’ to No. 1

By Kurt Wolff

Miranda Lambert is no stranger on the music charts—she’s been atop the country singles and album charts multiple times. This week, however, the country star and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year has topped the Billboard 200 for the first time ever.

Lambert released her fifth studio album Platinum on June 3, and it went on to sell 179,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sales figure was enough to place her in the No. 1 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Related: Video interview: Miranda Lambert on her new album Platinum

This marks Lambert’s first time topping that chart, and she’s only the 11th female country artist to have done so since the chart launched in 1956. Before Lambert, the most recent female country artist to top the Billboard 200 was Taylor Swift.

Additional releases on the Top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200 include new collections from Brantley Gilbert, Coldplay and 50 Cent; the soundtracks to the films Frozen and The Fault in Our Stars; and a series of reissued albums from Led Zeppelin.

Related: Jimmy Page talks Led Zeppelin legacy and reissues

“I’ve been so blessed in my career to be able to sing the songs and write the songs that I really believe in,” Lambert told Radio.com last week. “A lot of people have struggled to keep going. I feel so lucky to always write songs like ‘Bathroom Sink’ and for people to come up and go, ‘Hey, I really relate to that.’ It’s not an easy thing to do, to lay your heart out there.”

“I just am really glad to be where I am,” she continued. “I’ve worked really hard, and I have a lot of work ahead of me.”

Lambert’s current single is “Automatic,” which sits in the Top 5 on Billboard but reached No. 1 this week on the Mediabase country singles chart.


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