At this point, it’s more or less old news to find Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream (582,000 copies) and Andrea Bocelli‘s My Christmas (400,000 copies) packing a one-two punch atop the albums chart, and according to Nielsen SoundScan, those two artists have indeed done it again. This brings their combined sales total to somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.5 million records dispensed this holiday.
Down in the realm of mere mortals, the Glee 2 soundtrack debuted in third place with sales of 173,000, just slightly more than Lady Gaga‘s combined total for The Fame and The Fame Monster. Rapper Gucci Mane‘s sophomore effort, The State vs. Radric Davis, came out of nowhere to move 90,000 copies. And young riot-starter Justin Bieber saw the hysteria pay off with a 56 percent jump in sales of My World, to 101,000+.
Parrotheads snapped up 68,000 copies of Jimmy Buffett‘s Buffett Hotel, and Jared Leto‘s Thirty Seconds to Mars slung 67,000 copies of This Is War.
But the person to talk about is Chris Brown, who managed to overcome scandal — or exploit it, depending on your point of view — to sell 102,000 copies of Graffiti and land at No. 7. For a man whose last effort, Exclusive, sold three times that in its first week back in November of 2007, those aren’t huge numbers by any means…but back in November of 2007, Brown hadn’t yet been convicted of assault against his very famous R&B singing ex-girlfriend.
What do you think, Mixers? Did Brown move more or less product than you thought he would? What’s your take on the power of the Glee franchise? And have you caved and bought your copy of the Susan Boyle record yet?
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