Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1
Michael Buble's Christmas album spends a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 467,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its sales were up 4% in the tracking week that ended on Dec. 25, Christmas day.
Buble's Christmas is now -- so far -- the year's second-best selling album with 2.43 million sold. Adele's 21 is 2011's biggest, with 5.68 million. As there is one more week left in the year (ending Jan. 1, 2012), we'll have the full report on the year's top sellers on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
As for this week's chart, Adele's 21 holds at No. 2, selling 399,000 (up 44%) -- its best sales week yet. Its previous high came during its debut frame (44 weeks ago!), when it bowed at No. 1 with 352,000.
Watch for 21 to return to the top of the chart next week -- for a 14th non-consecutive frame -- as Buble's Christmas set will certainly tumble from the No. 1 position. (Holiday albums fall down the chart rapidly once Christmas passes. Last year, Susan Boyle's The Gift fell from No. 2 to No. 31 in the week following Christmas.)
Young Jeezy's TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition debuts at No. 3 with 233,000-- the rapper's fifth-straight top five set (his entire output, including the U.S.D.A. mix tape in 2007). His last release, 2008's The Recession, started at No. 1 with 260,000.
Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe slips 3-4 with 225,000 (up 32%), Drake's Take Care moves 7-5 with 131,000 (up 71%) and Lady Antebellum's Own the Night slides 5-6 with 110,000 (up 36%).
Rihanna's Talk That Talk jumps 14-7 (99,000; up 83%) after AmazonMP3 sale priced the set. Naturally, it also saw a huge 163% increase in download sales.
Nickelback's Here and Now drops 6-8 (with just under 99,000; up 23%) while the Black Keys' El Camino falls 4-9 (92,000; up 9%) and the Now 40 compilation rises 11-10 (88,000; up 38%).
After Young Jeezy, the next highest debut is found at No. 18, where Common's The Dreamer, the Believer enters with 69,000. Jeezy and Common are the only two debuts on the entire Billboard 200 tally this week.
On the Digital Songs chart, LMFAO profits from Christmas day purchases (likely on newly-acquired electronic devices) as "Sexy and I Know It" retains the No. 1 slot, but with a massive sales gain. The song sold 395,000 last week -- up a whopping 159%. This is the biggest sales week for any song since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" shifted 509,000 in its second week at No. 1 on the chart dated March 5.
Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" vaults 6-2 with 297,000 (up 157%) thanks in part to the release of a new remix featuring B.o.B. The latter mix accounted for 76,000 of the overall 297,000 sold.
Rihanna's "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) slips 2-3 (276,000; up 86%), Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" holds at No. 4 (266,000; up 112%) and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as In Paris" is also stationary at No. 5 (227,000; up 93%).
Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" drops 3-6 (219,000; up 74%), Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" is steady at No. 7 (217,000; up 118%) and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" returns to the top 10, climbing 13-8 (214,000; up 170%). The latter's rise is again chalked up to Christmas day purchases of the year's biggest hits. Other likely beneficiaries of the holiday: Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" (35-29; 106,000 - up 167%), Lil Wayne's "How to Love" (75-33; 83,000 - up 324%) and Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" (49-42; 67,000 - up 146%).
Rounding out the top 10 on the Digital Songs chart is Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj (8-9 with 200,000; up 126%) and Adele's "Someone Like You" (9-10 with 183,000; up 109%).
The highest debut on the Digital Songs tally this week is Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound" (featuring the Civil Wars), which enters at No. 19 with 136,000. The song was released digitally on Dec. 23 -- meaning that it starts on the list with only two days of sales. Expect the track to make a big jump on next week's list after a full week's sales are registered.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 25) totaled 15.11 million units, up 35% compared to the sum last week (11.20 million) and up less than 1% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (15.08 million). Year to date album sales stand at 322.86 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (319.01 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 38.25 million downloads, up 70% compared to last week (22.48 million) and down 13% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (43.96 million). Year to date track sales are at 1.22 billion, up 8% compared to the same total at this point last year (1.13 billion).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Taylor Swift's Speak Now was No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, selling 77,000 (down 72%) while Eminem's Recovery charged 7-2 with 63,000 (but down 54%). The chart's highest debut was the Maine's In Darkness & in Light soundtrack at No. 93 with 7,000 sold.