Streisand makes history with 6 decades of No. 1 albums

Her latest release 'Partners' sold 196,000 copies in its first week.

Barbra Streisand. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Barbra Streisand made music history on Wednesday by becoming the only performer to have a number one album in each of the past six decades, as her latest release Partners topped the US Billboard 200 chart.

The album sold 196,000 copies in its first week, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

With her latest hit, Streisand also became the only female artist to grab the number one spot on the Billboard album chart on 10 different occasions.

She now holds fourth place on the list of acts with the most number one albums, tailing The Beatles' 19 chart-toppers, Jay Z's 13 records and Bruce Springsteen's 11.

Streisand's first number one album came almost exactly 50 years ago when People hit number one on the chart dated 31 October, 1964, Billboard said.

_Partners _features Streisand singing classic songs with male artists, such as New York State of Mind with Billy Joel, Somewhere with Josh Groban and People with Stevie Wonder.

Streisand, 72, led a slew of new entries on the weekly Billboard 200 chart, which measures both physical and digital album sales.

Rapper Chris Brown saw his latest album X enter the chart at number two with sales of 145,000 copies. The album is the first since Brown was released from a Los Angeles jail in June after serving a one-year sentence for violating probation from his 2009 assault of pop singer Rihanna.

Country singer Tim McGraw debuted at number three with Sundown Heaven Town, while veteran country artist George Strait clocked number four with his live record The Cowboy Rides Away.

Other new entries include alt-rockers Train at number five with Bulletproof Picasso, pop-rockers One Republic at number six with Native, metal-rockers Motionless in White's Reincarnate at number nine and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash featuring Myles Kennedy at number 10 with World On Fire.

Last week's chart-topper, Christian music rapper Lecrae's Anomaly, dropped to number eight this week.

For the week ending 21 September, overall album sales tallied at 4.36 million albums, down 4 percent from the comparable sales week in 2013, while year-to-date sales totalled 171.3 million, down 14 percent from last year, Billboard said.