Controversy -- it still works.
After months of hubbub and hand-wringing over her racy rebranding,
"Bangerz" sold 270,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to secure 20-year-old Cyrus her fifth No. 1 album, including several released as her one-time alter ego Hannah Montana. Cyrus' last solo album, 2010's "Can't Be Tamed," peaked at No. 3.
Preceded by the hit singles "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" -- the latter of which sits at No. 2 this week on the Hot 100 -- "Bangerz" also enjoyed a number of positive reviews; Pop & Hiss said the album "reveals that Cyrus isn't just a twerk-bot programmed to titillate."
But there's no overestimating the value of shock, which might be why Cyrus' handlers released photos Wednesday of the singer dressed in a suit of silvery body paint while shooting a music video with the rapper Future.
Behind Cyrus on the album chart, the emo-rock band Panic! at the Disco debuted at No. 2 with its latest, "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!" Last week the group sought a bit of controversy of its own with a music video in which frontman Brendon Urie re-creates the R&B star D'Angelo's nudity-enhanced clip for his song "Untitled (How Does It Feel)." (Decide for yourself how well Urie fares.)
Other albums entering the chart this week include Pusha T at No. 4 with "My Name Is My Name," the cast of