Billboard 200: Boyle holds tight, ‘Glee’ starts high, Chris Brown eats crow

12.16.09 8 years ago

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There’s no stopping the Susan Boyle train. The Scottish singer spends another week in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 album sales chart, as the second volume of the season one “Glee” soundtrack bows high — and Chris Brown’s “Graffiti” starts low.

Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” is in its third week at No. 1, only the second album this year to spend that much time up there (Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” is the other). “Dream” sold 582,000 copies, a sales uptick of 10% from the week prior.

Andrea Bocelli’s “My Christmas” keeps playing second fiddle at No. 2 for a fifth week. It moved 400,000, down 7%.

“Glee: The Music, Volume 2” has a No. 3 start, on slot better than the first edition, released this fall. It sold 173,00 copies last week; “Volume 1” zooms up, too, this week, 20-11, with 85,000. The TV series had its finale last week and will return in April.

How did this even happen? This may help: YouTube declared today that her performance from “Britain’s Got Talent” is the most watched video of 2009.

“Fearless” slips 3-4 (168,000, +32%), Carrie Underwood’s “Play On” climbs 6-5 (107,000, +32%) and Lady GaGa’s “The Fame” descends 5-6 (103,000, -23%).

Chris Brown is feeling the pain of a competitive sales season — and the, likely, the burn as consequence of his crimes earlier this year and the subsequent fallout. His third album “Graffiti” debuts at No. 7 with 102,000. His sophomore set “Exclusive” started at No. 4 with 294,000 copies in 2007, and his 2005 self-titled debut peaked at No. 2. “I Can Transform Ya,” this album’s first single, topped out at No. 23 on the Hot 100 chart.

As previously reported, the trouble R&B singer had a Twitter tiff with retailers, which came back to bite him, and he has since quit Tweeting.

Justin Bieber’s “My World” ascends 12-8 (97,000, +45%) and Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love” moves 10-9 (92,000, +28%).

Recently imprisoned rapper Gucci Mane’s “The State Vs. Radric Davis” begins at No. 10 with 90,000.

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