NEW WORK: Miley Cyrus has blamed bosses at U.S. bargain store chain Wal-Mart for accidentally releasing her new album three days early - accusing them of mixing the CD up with her new clothing line.

The star's seven-track EP, The Time of Our Lives, failed to hit the top spot on the new Billboard U.S. album chart after it was released by mistake on Friday (28Aug09). The CD was scheduled for release on Tuesday (01Sep09).

Cyrus still managed to score sales of 62,000, taking her to number three on the new chart, released on Wednesday (02Sep09).

She has put the mishap down to executives at Wal-Mart, who signed an exclusive deal to market the album, because they accidentally stocked her music alongside her fashion line, which hit shelves on Friday.

But even though the teen star is disappointed, she has thanked the dedicated fans who rushed out to buy a copy.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Kinda bummed. My E.P. got put on shelves wiff (sic) my clothing line and got released 3 days early on accident :( Thx 2 (sic) those who got the album :)"