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Miley Cyrus “kinda bummed” about early release of Walmart EP
Miley Cyrus said via Twitter on Wednesday she’s “kinda bummed” that her new Walmart-only EP “The Time of Our Lives” went on sale earlier than planned, denying her a chance of topping the U.S. album charts.
The seven-track disc sold 62,000 copies during the week ended Sunday, Aug. 30, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan, after hitting shelves on Friday. Albums are normally released on Tuesday, not Friday, but the shortened time span of three days of sale for Cyrus’ album was good enough to land it No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Wednesday.
The CD had originally been set to come out on Monday, head-to-head with Whitney Houston’s first album in seven years, “I Look To You,” which is now the unchallenged pretender to the Billboard 200 crown next Wednesday with estimated sales of about 200,000 copies. Cyrus is unlikely to match that, if for no other reason than the fact many of her fans already picked up her album over the weekend.
“Kinda bummed,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter (pictured at left in happier times, performing at the “Today” show in New York last Friday.) “My E.P. got put on shelves (with) my clothing line and got released 3 days early on accident :(“
A source close to the situation said the EP is tied in with her “Miley & Max” fashion line, which boasts a big presence in Walmart’s junior clothing department.
“In order to be prepared for street date, and subsequent assembly and stock placement of a huge number of display units, they put her CDs out early,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
Emails sent to Walmart and to Cyrus’ Walt Disney Records label were not immediately answered.
It’s not clear if Cyrus would have gone to No. 1 anyway. Her previous release, the soundtrack to her “Hannah Montana” movie, opened at No. 2 in April with 136,000 copies. It hit the top two weeks later with 196,000 copies, buoyed by the movie’s first-place debut at the North American box office. She previously went to No. 1 in July 2008 with a 371,000-unit start for “Breakout” — her first album under her own name as opposed to her Hannah Montana alter ego.