Miley Bangz Out Best Female Debut Of The Year, But Who's Next?

Bangerz opened big, but can it hold off debuts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Beyonce?

Earlier this week, Miley Cyrus' Bangerz bowed at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, with sales of more than 270,000 copies.

That number wasn't enough to overtake 2013's biggest sellers — Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, Drake's Nothing Was The Same, Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, etc. — though it did give Miley the best first week of any female artist this year. Then again, it's not like she's had a ton of competition.

As Billboard reports, before Bangerz's debut, it was Ariana Grande who held the mark for the year's biggest debut for a female artist, selling 138,000 copies of Yours Truly back in September.

In fact, aside from Cyrus and Grande, only three other female solo artists have debuted with six-figure sales this year: Lorde, whose Pure Heroine sold 129,000 copies in late September, Tamar Braxton, who moved more than 114,000 copies of Love & War on the same week Grande's Yours Truly debuted, and Demi Lovato, who sold more than 110,000 copies of her Demi album back in May.

Selena Gomez just missed the mark, selling 97,000 copies of Stars Dance in July, and Fantasia came close with Side Effects of You, which sold 91,000 copies in May.

In short, Miley has crushed all comers ... though we suspect her reign as the year's best-selling female might not last all that long: After all, Katy Perry's Prism hits stores on Tuesday, and Lady Gaga's ARTPOP follows soon after. Oh, and then there's the much-discussed Beyoncé album, which is reportedly due before the end of the year.

So while 2013 has been an underwhelming one for the ladies — there certainly hasn't been anything on par with Taylor Swift's record-setting 2012 release, Red — well, just wait; the year isn't over yet, and the big guns are just being brought out.