Boyle tops album charts again, Chipmunks nipping at her heels

The first Billboard chart of 2010 looks a lot like the last one of 2009, with Susan Boyle and I Dreamed a Dream sitting pretty at No. 1… except with about a fifth of the sales. Yes, Ms. Boyle’s numbers finally dropped, from over 500K to a relatively paltry 137,000 this week. Did she finally reach her saturation point?

Clearly not yet saturated are our friends Alvin and the Chipmunks, who finally break into the Top 10 with the soundtrack to their “Squeakquel.” Coming in at No. 7 with sales of 51,ooo, Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and the Chipettes (don’t miss that “Single Ladies”cover) are enjoying the popularity that comes from being discovered by a whole new generation of children who will someday, hopefully, grow out of their questionable taste.

Elsewhere, your charts are quite familiar-looking: Gaga comes in at No. 2 with 82,000 sales of The Fame, while its accompanying Monster lingers down at No. 9; both Glee soundtracks are in the Top 20; and both Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige remain in the Top 5, albeit with far diminished sales from those halcyon pre-Christmas days.

They’re already predicting a No. 1 record for Ke$ha next week, thanks to the momentum behind “Tik Tok”. Will she finally unseat Boyle? And what music did you use your gift cards and returns on this holiday season, Mixers?

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  • crispy

    *ugh* go away Boyle…though if she was in Avatar, I’d do her because Avatar is the best movie ever made. History will be divided into BA (before Avatar) and AA (after Avatar). Yeah, it’s that good.

    • crispy

      I’m not entirely sure what you’re hoping to accomplish. I guess I’ll just change my username. Even though I’ve been using crispy for more than a year now and have made some sorta virtual friends with a few folks around here. Not to mention the fact that my real name is actually: Chris P. But no biggie. It’s a good time for a fresh start. Heavy sigh.

      • Fatima


      • Ambient Lite

        Heh, I thought that was really you. Not to sound like something scrawled in your yearbook, but stay crispy, don’t change for anyone. I almost changed my name after someone on a Twilight thread said my vagine smelled like rockfish. But I didn’t. And neither should you.

      • paige

        oh ive been fooled! dont change your name crisp- and ambient life– I thought your vagine DID smell like rockfish!

      • Ambient Lite

        paige, that was the scariest part…it does. HOW DID THEY KNOW??? I’m still haunted by it.

      • crispy

        Thanks, guys. I guess I should feel flattered that someone wants to be me! In all likelihood, I probably just pissed somebody off with my strong opinions and self-righteous sanctimony. Does sorry help? Maybe my impostor could go by “extracrispy” like my sidekick.

      • Ceballos

        I KNEW it wasn’t you, crispy! Well that, or you’d been possessed, in which case I was ready to perform an online exorcism. (You can get ordained online, so why not?)

        Also, keep your own name. If you don’t the (virtual) terrorist wins!

      • Chris P.

        Sorry crispy you can’t use Chris P because that’s already my name.

    • Telly B

      It was expected. All albums drop drastically once the Holiday season is over. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Boyle continues a relatively long stay in the top ten.

    • fancypants

      but i thought the real crispy actually did dislike Susan Boyle, which is unfortunate b/c i think Boyle has great talent and is an inspiration, and crispy seems like the kind of person that would at least respect what Boyle has accomplished.

      • crispy

        I don’t really have strong feelings one way or the other. She’s just an easy target. :)

  • @Danielle

    Ke$ha’s album is AMAZING!
    I’m sure it will do OK numbers, but it will definitely have longevity on the charts….such delicious pop music!

    • Ed

      Disagree with you on this one. I thought it was pretty bad. I actually gave it a second listen, thinking the songs wound grow on me. It didn’t work; I thought Ke$ha’s album was worse the second time around.

  • Clayton

    The only CD I’ve recently bought is the Nine soundtrack. The music works better apart from the movie, strangely

  • Sharlin

    The last CD I bought was Christina Aguilera’s Greatest Hits, Keeps Gettin Better.

  • jaime

    Im waiting for Lady A’s NEED YOU NOW!!!

  • AcaseofGeo

    Whitney, please you sound like a bitter person who wants children to listen to R Kelly so they are properly prepared for adult life. LET KIDS BE KIDS. Your attacking children for liking Alvin & The Chipmunks is really very very pitiful. God how I hate sanctimonious reviewers….

  • Stephanie

    Let’s see…I used my gift card money to buy…
    Singles-The Smiths
    La Roux-La Roux
    Volume One-She & Him
    The Essential Michael Jackson (didn’t have the 3 disc version!)-Michael Jackson
    11:11-Regina Spektor

    And don’t underestimate the Chipmunks…it took me forever to get “How We Roll” out of my head when the first movie came out. Sigh.

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