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The main thing eluding Mariah Carey this week is paying customers. “Me. I am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse” sold just 57,000 copies in its first week, according to an industry insider. It will open at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Official numbers will be released on Wednesday. Also read: Lady Gaga Blames ‘Artpop’ Flop on ‘Those Who Have Betrayed Me,’ Begs Fans’ Forgiveness The album hit stores on May 27; Nielsen SoundScan counts the week through Sunday. SoundScan began in 1991, so the tracking system was not around when Mariah's debut album was released in 1990. However, since 1991, this effort represents Carey's lowest debut. »


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