Miley Cyrus twerks her way to No. 1 on Billboard 200


By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Pop singer Miley Cyrustwerked her way to the top spot of the weekly Billboard 200album chart on Wednesday, notching her fourth chart-toppingrecord.

"Bangerz," which features Cyrus experimenting with hip hop,dance and R&B influences, sold 270,000 copies in its first week,according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Former Disney star Cyrus, 20, has captured headlines with aseries of scantily clad, raunchy performances that began withthe MTV Video Music Awards last month, where she showed off some provocative dance moves, known as "twerking."

In the video for her latest song "Wrecking Ball," the secondsingle from "Bangerz," Cyrus is seen naked and swinging from agiant wrecking ball and provocatively licking a sledgehammer.

"Bangerz" leads seven new debut records in the top 10 ofthis week's Billboard 200 chart. Alt-pop group Panic! At theDisco landed at No. 2 with its latest album "Too Weird to Live,Too Rare to Die!" selling 84,000 copies. Rapper Pusha T enteredthe chart at No. 4 with his latest set "My Name is My Name."

The latest compilation of songs from Fox musical TV series"Glee" came in at No. 7 this week, featuring tracks sung by thecast for last week's memorial episode "The Quarterback,"dedicated to deceased cast member Cory Monteith and hischaracter Finn Hudson. The episode pulled in 7.4 million viewersaccording to Fox, the highest ratings for the show in over ayear.

Other new debuts in the top 10 include metal rock band Kornat No. 8 with "The Paradigm Shift," "The Voice" winner CassadeePope at No. 9 with "Frame by Frame," and rockers Mayday Paradeat No. 10 with "Monsters in the Closet."

On the Digital Songs chart, New Zealand singer Lordecontinued her reign at No. 1 with her breakthrough single"Royals," while Katy Perry's "Roar" remained steady at No. 2 andAviici's dance track "Wake Me Up!" climbed one spot to No. 3.

Overall, album sales for the week ending Oct. 13 totaled 4.8million, down 6 percent from the comparable week in 2012,according to Billboard. Singer Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20Experience" released in March, leads the top-selling albums ofthe year, with 2.3 million copies sold in the United States todate.

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