Michael Buble just barely beats Nickelback on the Billboard 200; Rihanna debuts at No. 3

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In its fifth week on the chart, Michael Bublé’s Christmas climbed into the top spot on the Billboard 200, shifting just over 227,000 copies.

Thanks to a Black Friday sales boost, the album increased 37 percent from last week, thereby giving Bublé the best sales week of his career and lifting total sales to 745,000. It should pass 1 million by year’s end.

Close behind was Nickelback, whose seventh album Here And Now sold just under 227,000 units. (Bublé only beat his fellow Canadians by 0.18 percent!) The band’s last record, 2008’s Dark Horse, also debuted at No. 2 in 2008, but it shifted a stronger 326,000 copies.

Rihanna’s Talk That Talk debuted in third place with sales of 197,000, just a tad behind LOUD, which sold 207,000 discs in its first week, in November last year.

Drake’s Take Care dropped 73 percent from first to fourth place, moving another 173,000 copies, enough to put him ahead of Mary J. Blige’s My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act I (how’s that for a title?), which debuted in fifth with 156,000—less than half of Blige’s last set, 2009’s Stronger With Each Tear, which sold 330,000 in its first week.

In sixth, Justin Bieber’s Under The Mistletoe ticked up 69 percent to 142,000 (lifting the total to 533,000), while Adele, in her 38th week, finally exited the Top 5. Her 21 came in seventh, despite a 24 percent sales bump to 140,000. The end of an era!

Daughtry’s Break the Spell underwhelmed, debuting in eighth place with sales of 129,000. That’s a major drop from the band’s last two albums, 2009’s Leave This Town and 2007’s Daughtry, which started with 269,000 and 304,000, respectively.

Scotty McCreery proved his mom-and-grandma appeal this week with a Groban-esque 165 percent sales bump (88,000 copies) for his debut, Clear As Day. And rounding out the Top 10 is Coldplay’s Mylo Xyolto, which moved 79,000 copies and has now sold 754,000 total.

Other notable debuts: Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour Live moved 77,000 copies in its first week (No. 11), Big Time Rush’s Elevate sold 70,000 (No. 12), and James Durbin entered the chart at number 36, selling 28,000 copies of his debut, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster.

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