Susan Boyle pushes Taylor Swift to No. 2 on Billboard 200 chart, 'The Gift' reigns supreme

Almost a year after releasing her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle is back atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her holiday album, The Gift, sold 318,000 albums in its opening week. It’s an amazing feat considering this is just a holiday offering, but still her numbers are dwarfed by the 701,000 records Dreamed sold in its first week.

Last week’s No. 1, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, drops to No. 2 with 212,000 copies sold. Kid Cudi‘s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager opens at No. 3, selling 169,000 copies. That’s 65,000 more copies than his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day sold last year with its No. 4 charting. Check out the rest of the top 10 below.

Nov. 17, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 318,000

No. 2 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 212,000

No. 3 – Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager: 169,000

No. 4 – Now 36: 89,000

No. 5 – Bon Jovi, Greatest Hits: 88,000

No. 6 – Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party: 81,000

No. 7 – Reba McEntire, All the Women I Am: 64,000

No. 8 – Sugarland, The Incredible Machine: 60,000

No. 9 – Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer: 41,000

No. 10 – Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being: 35,000

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  • Leah

    Let’s see how long boyle can hold onto that position. Taylor’s album speak now is really diverse and her best album to date. She will soon climb back to the top position.

    • Iuser


    • @Leah

      Isn’t it only Taylor’s 2nd album? Kind of odd to call it her “best to date” when it’s only her 2nd.

      • Trina

        Speak Now is Taylor Swift’s 3rd album release.

        Taylor Swift ~ Taylor Swift (Quintuple Platinum US, 6+ million worldwide)
        FEARLESS ~ (Sextuple Platinum US, 10+ million worldwide)
        Speak Now ~ (1.579 million sold US, 2.08+ million worldwide)

    • Frida

      @ Leah:

      Yeah, but Taylor can’t sing… on the other hand, Susan can.

      • Alexis

        Taylor has the most winning album in music history winning Album Of The Year at all major award shows plus additional album award accolades: FEARLESS.

        Taylor is the YOUNGEST winner of Album Of The Year and only Country solo artist to achieve that goal at the Grammys.

        Taylor is also the YOUNGEST winner of CMA Entertainer Of The Year & Album Of The Year and the only Country artist to win all the major awards in 1 night in CMA history.

        Taylor is the YOUNGEST winner of Songwriter Of The Year BMI.

        Taylor was ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2009 in all genres combined.

        Taylor is the #1 Digital Download Artist in Soundscan History.

        Taylor is only 1 of 4 women (Britney, Whitney, Norah Jones, Taylor) to sell 1 million+ of an album in its first week.

        Taylor has sold 18 million plus albums to Susan’s 9 million.

        So Susan can sing, but Taylor has achieved what a million elite singers have never done. Taylor wins.

      • Lol

        lol so you’re admitting that Susan Boyle is a better singer, but Taylor Swift is better because her fan base buy more records? It’s not very hard. Good looking person + mediocre talent + major label + super producer = millions of albums. See: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber.

      • Thomas

        You’re missing Alexis’ point. Just because you’re a good singer (technically) doesn’t mean you will receive the sales or industry awards. You have to be the whole package. Unexcelled at songwriting, name branding, audience appeal, instrumental capability, etc. Taylor’s the whole package while Mrs. Boyle can “only” attribute is a good technical singer. That’s pretty easy to understand that even a child that comprehend.

      • yournightmare

        Good looking person + mediocre talent + major label + super producer = millions of albums. See: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber.
        goodlooking person-agreed
        mediocre talent-disagree….songwriting combined with playing instruments plus distinctive voice. winning formula.
        major lebel-check. but did susan make her label major? taylor sure did. no need to argue here. its a known fact. it was a small indie label at first.
        super producer- i guess she gets some help from nathan chapman, while she produces her songs. she co-produced “Fearless” too.

        So it turns out she pretty much is in charge of everything concerning her creative work, while SuBo goes to the category with the names you listed. Not sure about Lady gaga- i think she does a lot too with her albums.

      • Emme

        Taylor can’t sing. Anyone with a music background can tell you that. Furthermore, if you’re a fan, please have some taste and humility and accept the truth. Your girl may know how to write catchy pop songs, but she’s a selfish song writer who only ever writes about her life. Also, grow up and realize that real ladies don’t capitalize on their dirty laundry. Taylor has success now, but her fans will grow up and be exposed to more quality music from artists who can deliver live. Taylor’s live performances are pitifully tragic on the pitch end, and your artist doesn’t even know when she’s off. That’s not being a good artist. She won awards because she sold a lot of albums and that is an accomplishment. But she is a generic pop songwriter, who btw co-writes. She has a one octave vocal range, which is pathetic and she still fumbles on those eight notes. She misses four out of five songs live, and if you can’t hear that you’re just as tone deaf as her. She has a weak voice and can’t sing country classics. Case in point: Rhiannon. That was the most grotesque Grammy performance ever. If you think she’s pretty and we shouldn’t hate on her, it’s because she has stylists to curl her hair and wears bucketloads of makeup. I think that’s artificial and gross. Furthermore, anyone who needs that much help to look pretty looks totally different bare faced. She’s completely ordinary looking. I am sick of her holier-than-thou attitude which comes off in her songwriting and her lack of talent. WTF is the best expression when it comes to her success, because she doesn’t deserve it. She got her start because her dad’s rich. Her die hard fans are like eleven, about half her age. Says something about her maturity. If you’re a die hard fan, you’re probably incensed reading this, but hey, guess what, you’ll grow up a little and probably agree with me.

      • Kira

        Of course Taylor can sing and anybody with a music background knows that there’s only 7 notes in 1 octave, not 8 as you put it, so it’s blatantly obvious you have no musical background Emme. As far as her fans growing up, we already have done that and we’ve stuck by her for the past 4 years now and she’s growing stronger with each record release unlike other artists who sell less and less with each album release. Taylor’s live performances are straight from her heart and we love her for that emotional output and sense of being on the same level with us. She won a ton of awards because she “earned” them through her prolific songwriting ability and capability of portraying those songs in a way that her fans can relate to in a human level instead of artificial secondhandedness expressions like some artists. Singing doesn’t mean you have to have a powerhouse voice because if everyone sang like that, there would be no variety to music, losing the very essence of musical interpretation. Case in point Emme, “Rhiannon” is “not” a country classic song. Again showing you are not a music lover or else you wouldn’t have said that. In regards to Taylor’s looks, you are a completely wrong about her not being pretty without makeup. She allowed herself to be photographed without a speck of makeup and she’s naturally beautiful with awesome skin. Google it and you will find it. Also, your statement about having stylists “curl” her hair is totally moronic because her hair is naturally curly. If anything, she needs stylists to help “straighten” it for her as like in her “Back To December” cover picture. Reading your whole tirade makes you seem artifical and gross and you should get some help for that anger girl, it’ll eat you up inside. Jealousy festers like a cancer and you’ll die a horrid death. Lastly, I am a devout fan and I am 10 years removed from being eleven, so you are wrong that her populaced margins of fans are in the lower age range. The majority agrees Taylor is multitalented artist so she’ll be around for a long time to come so you need to cope with that fact.

      • Andy

        Well Kira, I have a music background, and can tell you that an octave comprises eight pitches, not seven. Hence its name.

        On the other hand, I totally agree with you on your comments with Taylor. :) Love her.

    • smartass

      Speaking of climbing on to the top position…

  • Adwina Lambert

    i give Taylor ten years in the musicbiz. she won’t be one of the artists for the long haul. she’s the debbie gibson of this generation. tee-hee!

    • Taryn

      Debbie Gibson never achieved 1/10th of what Taylor has already done. Also, Debbie only lasted for 1 album and then tettered off into oblivion. A word of note – Believe it or not, she’s doing a movie with Tiffany on the SyFy channel and it’ll be shown next year. That should be nostalgic.

    • LOL

      Taylor’s in re business since she was 14 you know so it’s been 6 years now LOL

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  • Sublime00

    Buy Mariah’s Merry Christmas II You!!!!

  • travis

    I think Boyle will be back at #1 next week, then Kanye will take the #1 spot after that sending Boyle to #2. The week after that my bets are on either Kanye retaining #1 or for the new BEP album.

    Week of Dec 13th belongs to Michael Jackson.

  • LOL

    It’s kinda unfair to say that boyles album is atop speak now… Speak now sold 1mil plus in the first week and boyle cd sold just 300k…

    So Taylor wins obviously!!!!!

  • Pssshhh

    You know people even you’re the worlds most amazing singer it doesn’t guarantee a success you know.
    Taylor’s the whole package! Talent, ethic, personality, attitude and beauty!

    • Andy

      OK…except Susan already has the success, so does your statement matter?

  • tmasia

    uh, yeah, but taylor is only down because people actually take their time making uploads on illegal websites (grrrr), yet no one wants to upload fake copies of susan boyle’s, so people have to buy the real thing :/

  • P_sla

    I can’t find anyone who has bought Susan’s album. Go figure.

  • Jack E

    Taylor Swift doe’s have the package but really she can’t hold pitch. As far as a good singer she falls short, that being said she’s still made it and is very rich. Most girls that age look pretty good when made up. It’s easy to be in shape when young. Too bad it don’t last.

  • Jack E

    Susan Boyle is just plain born with a good voice. I’ve tried to sing forever and I think god just didn’t want me to sing, and so doe’s no one else.

  • stevie68a

    Susan Boyle said she wanted to be like Elaine Page.
    Susan is a better singer than Page.

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