What goes up must come down.

What goes up must come down.

It wasn’t that long ago Miley Cyrus was flying high on the charts, but her new album, Younger Now, although lyrically her best work, did not resonate with listeners. She debuted at No. 5 this week with 33,000 album units (or 45,000 sales plus streaming). That’s a glaringly abysmal opener compared to 2013’s Bangerz, which debuted with 270,000 units in its opening week.

She told Howard Stern in a new interview that charts are irrelevant. However, if you’ve been following the pop star on Twitter since the release of “Malibu,” you’ll know she really, really does care about the charts.

She had some tough competition.

Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me is an exceptionally great album. Probably her best. But there was no competing against Shania Twain’s new record Now; it was 15 years in the making. An unexpected (and unfortunate) return was the late Tom Petty (and The Heartbreakers’) re-entry with the Greatest Hits compilation, which swooped in at No. 2.

Why is this happening? Miley’s sparkly, larger-than-life persona she created was fascinating to watch. The messiness and unpredictability was a juicy ingredient for her Bangerz bops. Clearly, people aren’t here for can’t be tame Miley. Younger Now also doesn’t appear to have a solid radio hit. The album title track, “Malibu,” “Week Without You” and “Inspired” were fun tracks, and the songwriting is honest and strong, but they lack the pizazz we’ve grown accustomed to.

Idolator put together a list of recent first-week debuts from our female pop star favs for a little perspective, and while I don’t like to pit women against each other, the numbers don’t lie.

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