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Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200 for Second Week

Michael Bublé ($70 million)
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Adele's "21" jumps up to the No. 2 spot and Justin Bieber's "Under the Mistletoe" skips from 6 to 3.

 

Michael Buble's Christmas album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking the seventh album to sell 1 million copies in 2011.

The pop singer leads a rather quiet chart, where the highest debut comes in at No. 23 -- Trey Songz' Inevitable EP with 27,000. Only one other new album bows in the top 50: Hot Chelle Rae's Whatever at No. 48 with 18,000.

Adele's 21 jumps 7-2 with 144,000 (up 2%), and Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe skips 6-3 with 133,000 (down 11%). Only three albums sold in excess of 100,000 last week, the sales frame following the busy Thanksgiving week.

Comparatively, a year ago this week, there were eight albums that moved at least 100,000, while a total of seven sets debuted in the top 50 (two in the top 10).

Next week we should see top 10 arrivals from the Black Keys' El Camino and Amy Winehouse's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, as well as debuts from the Glee: The Music, Volume 7 album, T-Pain's Revolver and Robin Thicke's Love After War.

But in this week's top 10, Drake's Take Care holds at No. 4 (90,000; down 48%), Nickelback's Here and Now slips 2-5 (78,000; down 66%), and Mary J. Blige's My Life II . . . The Journey Continues, Act I slides 5-6 (72,000; down 54%). Rihanna's Talk That Talk falls 3-7 (68,000; down 66%); Andrea Bocelli's Concerto climbs 14-8 (61,000; down 6%); the Now 40 compilation returns to the top 10, moving 13-9 (48,000; down 27%); and Lady Antebellum's Own the Night rallies 22-10 (48,000; up 3%).

On the Digital Songs chart, a new No. 1 is crowned, as Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" rises 3-1 (despite a drop in sales) with 166,000 (down 15%). Last week's topper, LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It," tumbles 1-3 with 157,000 (down 30%). Rihanna's "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) holds at No. 2 with 164,000 (down 22%).

Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" is steady at No. 4 (126,000; down 11%) while Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as in Paris" jumps 17-5 (113,000; up 68%) following the pair's performance of the track on the CBS broadcast of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Nov. 29.

Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) remains at No. 6 (104,000; down 16%), Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" drops 5-7 (95,000; down 31%), and T-Pain's "5 O'Clock" (featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen) rises 11-8 (95,000; up 12%). Rounding out the top 10 is Adele's "Someone Like You," falling 7-9 (94,000; down 24%), and David Guetta's "Without You" (featuring Usher), down 9-10 (82,000; down 23%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 4) totaled 8.1 million units, down 18% compared with the sum last week (9.8 million) and down 13% compared with the comparable sales week of 2010 (9.2 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 286.8 million, up 2% compared with the same total at this point last year (281.2 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.7 million downloads, down 6% compared with last week (22.1 million) and down 2% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (21.1 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 1.1 billion, up 9% compared with the same total at this point last year (1 billion).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Susan Boyle's The Gift held at No. 1 with 243,000 (down 10%) and Taylor Swift's Speak Now maintained the runner-up slot (201,000; up 10%).