Two extraordinary things happened on the Billboard Hot 200 chart this week. Apart from the fact that the #1 album last week, 's '', takes a sharp plunge this week, ' '' sells a number that makes it the highest selling debut for a female artist since broke it in 2004 through ''.
'As I Am' took the top position after moving 742,426 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. This would be her fourth album that opens at #1 and the one selling the largest number of all her albums. However, it is still one level below 's '' (957,000 copies) to be the highest selling debut in the past two years.