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Barbra Streisand now has three more number one albums than Madonna

Barbra Streisand now has three more number one albums than Madonna

Barbra Streisand’s new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, has entered the Billboard 200 chart as number one.

It’s her 11th number one career album – more than any other female artist in history. In second place on the all-time list is Madonna with eight number one albums.

Streisand is now tied with Bruce Springsteen for the third-most number one albums among all acts. The only artists with more No. 1s are The Beatles, with a record 19 chart-toppers, and Jay Z, with 13.

Remarkably, Encore’s success comes nearly 52 years after Streisand’s first number one album which was 1964′s People. It is the longest span between No. 1s in history.

In between the first and her most recent, Streisand’s other number one albums have been Partners (2014), Love Is the Answer (2009), Higher Ground (1997), Back to Broadway (1993), The Broadway Album (1986), Guilty (1980), Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (1979), A Star Is Born (1977), and The Way We Were (1974).

Now 74, she is the only act to have achieved No. 1 albums in the last six decades — the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

Encore is a series of duets of sings from Broadway shows with a variety of unlikely partners that includes Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine and Melissa McCarthy, Daisy Ridley and Seth Macfarlane, among others.