Album Sales: Michael Buble tops the chart (again), and Adele logs her best sales week yet

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Michael Bublé’s Christmas has only been in stores for nine weeks, but it’s had no trouble becoming the 2nd highest-selling album of 2011, behind Adele’s 21.

This week, Bublé topped the Billboard 200 for a fifth straight week, selling 467,000 copies and lifting his holiday collection’s total to a very merry 2.43 million (all five of Michael Bublé’s albums have topped the 2 million mark). Expect a hefty drop next week, though, now that Christmas Day has passed.

In second place, Adele’s 21 notched its best-ever sales week (in its 45th week of release!), moving 399,000 units. The album’s previous best week came with its debut in February, when 21 sold 352,000. This year, 21 has sold an astonishing 5.68 million Stateside, and on top of reclaiming the No. 1 spot next week, the album should pass the 6 million mark early in the new year.

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It’s interesting to imagine what the year in music might have looked like without 21‘s powerhouse figures. The industry is currently bragging — rightfully so! — that album sales have increased year-over-year for the first time since 2005. According to Billboard, “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).”

But if you removed Adele’s blockbuster success from the equation, sales for the year would actually be down 1 percent. Remarkably, 21 accounts for almost 2 percent of all record sales in the calendar year. Adele, will we ever find someone like you?

Two debuts hit the chart this week as well. Young Jeezy’s TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition score a No. 3 debut by selling 233,000 copies, while rapper-actor Common entered at No. 18 with 69,000 with The Dreamer, the Believer.

The rest of the top tier contains all the usual suspects — Bieber (whose Under the Mistletoe has also become a holiday smash), Drake, Lady Antebellum, Rihanna, Nickelback, the Black Keys, and even Now 40. Album sales should remain strong next week, as consumers eager to put their holiday gift cards to good use will pick up the albums they may have missed this year. Check out the Top 10 below:

1. Michael Buble, Christmas, 467,000
2. Adele, 21, 399,000
3. Young Jeezy, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition, 233,000
4. Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe, 225,000
5. Drake, Take Care, 131,000
6. Lady Antebellum, Own the Night, 110,000
7. Rihanna, Talk That Talk, 99,000
8. Nickelback, Here and Now, 99,000
9. The Black Keys’ El Camino, 92,000
10. Various Artists, Now 40, 88,000

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