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Kelly Clarkson tops Billboard album chart with 'Piece by Piece'

Kelly Clarkson tops Billboard album chart with 'Piece by Piece'
Kelly Clarkson's new album, "Piece by Piece," entered the Billboard 200 on Wednesday at No. 1. (Victoria Will / Invision/AP)

"I'm in a really, really great place," Kelly Clarkson told me recently, and though she was referring to her family situation -- as a wife and new mother -- the singer might've been anticipating her position on Billboard's album chart.

"Piece by Piece," Clarkson's latest set of uplifting pop songs, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 on Wednesday, reflecting sales and streams that equaled 97,000 units, according to Nielsen Music.

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It's the former "American Idol" champion's third chart-topper, following "All I Ever Wanted" in 2009 and her post-"Idol" debut, 2003's "Thankful." That puts Clarkson in the company of Carrie Underwood, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out, for the most No. 1 albums by an "Idol" alum.

Behind Clarkson on this week's chart, the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack came in at No. 2, Taylor Swift's "1989" finished at No. 3 and Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" held at No. 4, while Ed Sheeran's "X" rounded out of the top 5.

Last week's No. 1 album, "Dark Sky Paradise" by Big Sean, fell to No. 6.

Twitter: @mikaelwood

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