Celine Dion’s New No. 1 Album Makes History—Although Probably Not In The Way She Wanted

Last week, Celine Dion returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new album Courage, which became her first chart leader in 17 years. The singer herself must have celebrated the big win, but this time around, things look very different for the star’s new release, which has not just fallen from the top spot, but which has seen its sales and streams absolutely crater.

Courage descends from No. 1 to No. 111 on the newly-minted Billboard 200. That fall isn’t just cringeworthy, it’s one of the worst in the history of the ranking.

Dion’s new studio effort now holds the record for the farthest fall from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an album by a woman in history. It grabs that title from Madonna’s Madame X, which dipped from the penthouse to No. 77 in a single turn earlier this year.

The title also claims the biggest drop on the Billboard 200 for a set that debuted at No. 1. Additionally, as if she hasn’t already made enough unfortunate history this week, Dion’s Courage is now the first title presented by a woman to fall outside the top 100 in its second frame on the list.

The only album that fared worse and fell ever farther than Dion’s Courage is Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not for Sale. That album once declined from No. 1 all the way to No. 169 in a single spin, though the difference is it was not the effort’s first on the list. The album debuted at No. 1 and slowly worked its way down...only to return to the peak position in a shocking turn of events thanks to a concert ticket bundle that saw many fans opt to receive the title as they bought passes to see their favorite rocker live.

At the rate it’s falling, Courage probably won’t live on the Billboard 200 for much longer, and there’s a chance it may even disappear next time around, becoming the rare No. 1 effort to vanish from the chart less than a month after it beat every other release to the top spot.

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