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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.

miley“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.

New albums top U.S. pop charts with puny sales


georgeWhat a difference two years makes in the ailing music industry.

Country star Reba McEntire scored her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart Wednesday after selling 96,000 copies of “Keep On Loving You.” In September 2007, she hit No. 1 with the star-studded “Reba Duets” set. Its first-week tally: 301,000 copies. If the new album had come out then, its sales would have been good enough only for No. 7.

Last week’s chart-topper, fellow country icon George Strait, is also suffering lower sales, but not quite as bad. “Twang,” the fifth No. 1 of his career, debuted with 155,000 units last week, 16 months after “Troubadour” debuted at No. 1 with 166,000 and almost three years after “It Just Comes Natural” launched at No. 3 with 232,000.