Susan Boyle has 'Dream' year with album

2:54 PM PST 01/06/2010 by Erik Pedersen, AP

Best-selling disc released in '09; Swift's 'Fearless' tops overall

If history ultimately remembers Susan Boyle as a one-hit wonder, her album's sales certainly are wondrous, and its chart run already is historic.

The Scottish warbler's "I Dreamed a Dream" was the top-selling disc released in 2009, despite not hitting stores until Nov. 24. The collection scanned 3.1 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and nearly missed scoring the title of overall top seller.

Taylor Swift's November 2008 release "Fearless" topped that list with 3.2 million of its 5.3 million cume sold from Dec. 29, 2008-Sunday. It was the No. 3 album of 2008, when no disc topped the 3 million mark.

Boyle's disc continues its run atop the Billboard 200 this week with 137,000 copies sold, making it the first album in the chart's 53-year history to debut at No. 1 and spend six consecutive weeks on top. Last week, it became the first album in SoundScan's 19-year history to sell at least a half-million copies in each of its first five weeks.

But perhaps the biggest music story of 2009 was the stunning death of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson posted the year's third-biggest-selling album, shifting 2.4 million copies of his 2003 compilation "Number Ones" (2.4 million). The revered singer-songwriter, who died June 25 at 50, was by far the year's best-selling artist, moving nearly 8.3 million albums. His nearest competitor, Swift, managed 4.6 million; she was the top-selling artist of 2008 at 4 million.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga's "The Fame" and Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas," at 2.2 million each, were the only other discs to top the 2 million mark during 2009.

Overall music purchases -- including digital and physical product -- hit 1.55 billion units in 2009, a 2.1% increase over the previous year. Total album sales, however, dropped 8.5% to 498.8 million. Digital music accounted for 40% of all sales, up 32% from 2008, and sales of trusty ol' LPs jumped 33% to 2.5 million, the most in the SoundScan era.

Universal Music Group again won the yearly market-share crown among record companies with 30.2%, but Sony (28.6%) closed the gap in 2009. The previous year's tally was 31.5%-25.3%.

Nielsen SoundScan on Wednesday also released sales figures for the first decade of the 21st century, and the list is topped by a group that broke up four decades ago.

In a battle of staying power versus extreme but fleeting popularity, "Beatles 1" -- a 2000 compilation of the Fab Four's 27 chart-topping singles in the U.S. and U.K. -- sold 11.6 million units to claim the title of biggest-selling album of the 2000s. About 450,000 units behind in second place was 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached," which moved a record 2.4 million during its debut week in March 2000.

The only other 10 million sellers from Jan. 1, 2000-Nov. 1, 2009, were Norah Jones' 2002 debut "Come Away With Me" (10.6 million) and Eminem's second album, 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP" (10.2 million)

Detroit-based rapper Eminem also is SoundScan's top-selling artist of the 2000s, moving 32.2 million albums. Next on the list are the Beatles (30.2 million), Tim McGraw (24.8 million), Toby Keith (24.5 million) and Britney Spears (23 million).

McGraw can claim the title of king of 2000s radio as his songs were played more than 7.9 million times, edging fellow country star Keith by 100,000. Eight of the top 10 most-played artists of the decade were country acts.

Nickelback's 2001 smash "How You Remind Me" was radio's most-played track of the decade, collecting 1.2 million spins.

Lists of top sellers and performers from the past year and decade can be found on the next page.



Top-selling albums of 2009
1.    "Fearless," Taylor Swift (3.2 million
2.    "I Dreamed a Dream," Susan Boyle (3.1 million)
3.    "Number Ones," Michael Jackson (2.4 million)
4.    "The Fame," Lady Gaga (2.2 million)
5.    "My Christmas," Andrea Bocelli (2.2 million)
6.    "Hannah Montana: The Movie," Soundtrack (1.8 million)
7.    "The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)," the Black Eyed Peas (1.8 million)
8.    "Relapse," Eminem (1.7 million)
9.    "The Blueprint 3," Jay-Z (1.5 million)   
10.    "Only by the Night," Kings of Leon (1.4 million)

Top-selling artists of 2009
1.    Michael Jackson (8.3 million)
2.    Taylor Swift (4.6 million)
3.    The Beatles (3.3 million)
4.    Susan Boyle (3.1 million)
5.    Lady Gaga (2.8 million)
6.    Andrew Bocelli (2.7 million)
7.    Michael Buble (2.3 million)
8.    Eminem (2.2 million)
9.    Carrie Underwood (1.9 million)
10.    The Black Eyed Peas (1.88 million)

Top-selling albums from 2000-09
1. "Beatles 1," the Beatles (11.6 million)
2. "No Strings Attached," 'N Sync (11.1 million)
3. "Come Away With Me," Norah Jones (10.6 million)
4. "The Marshall Mathers LP," Eminem (10.2 million)
5. "The Eminem Show," Eminem (9.8 million)
6. "Confessions," Usher (9.7 million)
7. "Hybrid Theory," Linkin Park (9.7 million)
8. "Human Clay," Creed (9.5 million)
9. "Oops! ... I Did It Again," Britney Spears (9.2 million)
10. "Country Grammar," Nelly (8.5 million)

Top-selling artists from 2000-09
1.     Eminem (32.2 million)
2 .    The Beatles (30 million)
3.    Tim McGraw (24.8 million)
4.     Toby Keith (24.5 million)
5.    Britney Spears (23 million)
6.    Kenny Chesney (22 million)
7.    Linkin Park (21.4 million)
8.    Nelly (21.2 million)
9.    Creed (20.6 million)
10.    Jay-Z (20.4 million)

Most-played songs from 2000-09
1.    "How You Remind Me," Nickelback (1.2 million)
2.    "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)," Train (1.14 million)
3.    "Hanging by a Moment," Lifehouse (1.1 million)
4.    "Breathe," Faith Hill (1.08 million)
5.    "Kryptonite," 3 Doors Down (1.06 million)
6.    "The Way You Love Me," Faith Hill (1.05 million)
7.    "I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack (1.03 million)
8.    "Wherever You Will Go," The Calling (996,000)
9.    "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas (990,000)
10.    "The Reason," Hoobastank (980,000)

Most-played artists from 2000-09
1.    Tim McGraw (8 million)
2.    Toby Keith (7.9 million)
3.     George Strait (7.6 million)
4.    Alan Jackson (6.89 million)
5.    Nickelback (6.88 million)
6.    Kenny Chesney (6.5 million)
7.    Rascal Flatts (5.7 million)
8.    Brooks & Dunn (5.6 million)
9.    Garth Brooks (5.5 million)
10.    Green Day (5.4 million)

Top-selling vinyl LPs of 2009
1. "Abbey Road," the Beatles (34,800)
2. "Thriller," Michael Jackson (29,800)
3. "Merriweather Post Pavilion," Animal Collective (14,000)
4. "Wilco," Wilco (13,200)
5. "Fleet Foxes," Fleet Foxes (12,700)
6. "Backspacer," Pearl Jam (12,500)
7. "Veckatimest," Grizzly Bear (11,600)
8. "Appetite for Destruction," Guns N' Roses (11,500)
9. "Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King," Dave Matthews Band (11,500)
10. "In Rainbows," Radiohead (11,400)

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