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Justin Bieber's 'Under The Mistletoe' debuts at No. 1; Wale, Susan Boyle, and Miranda Lambert follow


A week of controversy stemming from a paternity suit that seems increasingly bogus didn’t stop the passionate Beliebers from pushing Justin Bieber’s Christmas set, Under the Mistletoe, into the top spot on the Billboard 200.

The disc scanned a fa-la-la-la-lot of copies — 210,000 total — in its first week, helping Under the Mistletoe become Bieber’s third number one album after My World 2.0  and Never Say Never: The Remixes, which debuted with 283,000 and 165,000 copies sold, respectively. If the scant 37 percent second weekend drop for Michael Bublé’s holiday album Christmas (which sold 89,000 discs this week, good for 8th place and a 230,000 total) is any indication, Bieber’s collection should enjoy strong sales throughout the holiday season.

Rapper Wale debuted in second place with a strong 164,000 copies of Ambition — by far his biggest sales week. Wale’s last album, 2009’s Attention Deficit, started with just 28,000 copies. The hip hop artist has been building hype over the course of this year by appearing on rap compilation Self-Made Vol. 1 in May and releasing his mixtape The Eleven One Eleven Theory on Jay-Z’s website Life and Times in August.

In third place, country star Miranda Lambert also enjoyed her best sales week, as her fourth album, Four the Record, shot up a 133,000 debut, giving the brassy singer the number one country album in the U.S. going into tonight’s CMA festivities. Four’s tally is just over twice the 66,000 that Lambert’s last disc, Revolution, sold when it debuted in 2009. That set has gone on to sell over 1.4 million copies.

In fourth was another new debut (six of the top ten albums were new releases!), Susan Boyle’s Someone to Watch Over Me, which shifted 132,000 units. Although that number is far below the 701,000 debut of her 2009 album I Dreamed a Dream and the 318,000 debut of her 2010 followup The Gift, Boyle has proven that during the holiday season she has staying power, so I wouldn’t count out Someone just yet. If nothing else, Boyle did succeed in finally pushing fellow Brit Adele out of the top four for the first time in 21‘s incredible 37-week run. In fifth place, 21 moved another 108,000 copies.

And then we have two more British acts! Florence + The Machine notched a solid sixth-place start by selling 105,000 copies of sophomore effort Ceremonials. The songstress and her backing crew gradually built a listening audience with the 2009 breakout single “The Dog Days Are Over,” which played heavily throughout 2010, and it appears that people like what they heard on Florence’s debut disc Lungs, which peaked at number 14 following a buzzy performance on the 2010 MTV VMAs, and has sold 738,000 copies total.

Last week’s chart champion, Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, finished close behind in seventh, dropping 76 percent to 104,000 (551,000 total).

Tyrese’s first album in five years, Invitation, began in ninth place with 76,000. Tee Transformers star’s last disc, 2006’s Alter Ego, peaked at number 23, but it sold a stronger 116,000 copies in its first week. Oh, how Billboard times have changed… READ FULL STORY

Susan Boyle covers Depeche Mode: You like?

She’s already covered Velvet Underground god Lou Reed – so why not Depeche Mode?

The Britain’s Got Talent contestant turned global star takes on the dark-rockers’ classic “Enjoy the Silence” on her upcoming third album, Someone to Watch Over Me, out November 1st.

Slowed down to showcase Boyle’s church-choir vocals, the tune seems almost unrecognizable save for those famous lyrics. Perfectly timed orchestra swells add a nice emotional punch to Boyle’s soft delivery.

Listen here and tell us, what do you think?

Is this a good change-up for Boyle? While we’re on the subject, what other leather-pantsed hits would you like to see her cover? Or do you think she should stick with musical-theater showstoppers like “I Dreamed A Dream”?

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Taylor Swift again tops Billboard 200 chart

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now continues to top the competition on the Billboard 200 albums chart. With 276,000 copies sold this week, it’s No. 1 once again. Susan Boyle follows close behind with her holiday set, The Gift, which sold 240,000 units. And Glee has the No. 3 album on the chart, also serving up some songs for Santa with their Christmas album and selling 160,000 copies. Check out the full list of the top 10 below.

Dec. 29, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 276,000

No. 2 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 240,000

No. 3 – Glee Christmas album: 160,000

No. 4 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 151,000

No. 5 – Michael Jackson, Michael: 150,000

No. 6 – Jamie Foxx, Best Night Of My Life: 144,000.

No. 7 – Eminem,  Recovery: 137,000

No. 8 – Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: 133,000

No. 9 – Keyshia Cole, Calling All Hearts: 128,000

No. 10 – Rihanna, Loud: 111,000

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Susan Boyle's 'Gift' spends its fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart

Susan Boyle’s The Gift comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the fourth (non-consecutive) week, selling 243,000 more albums. And again, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now follows at No. 2 with 201,000 albums sold. Meanwhile, Glee‘s Christmas album jumps up a slot to No. 3 with 193,000 sets moved.

The chart’s highest debut is T.I.’s No. 4 No Mercy with an underwhelming 159,000 albums sold. His current jail stint leaves him unable to properly promote it. These kinds of numbers were surely expected. Check out the entire top 10 below.

Dec. 15, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 243,000

No. 2 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 201,000

No. 3 – Glee‘s Christmas album: 193,000

No. 4 – T.I., No Mercy: 159,000

No. 5 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 149,000

No. 6 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 82,000

No. 7 – Josh Groban, Illuminations: 75,000

No. 8 – Glee, the Music: Season Two: Volume 4, 74,000

No. 9 – Rihanna, Loud: 71,000

No. 10 – Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy: 71,000

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Susan Boyle returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Susan Boyle’s holiday gift to all has given her another week on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. After being unseated Kanye West’s new album last week, The Gift sold 272,000 copies to bring her to No. 1. What most thought would debut on top this week, the Black Eyed Peas’ The Beginning, stalled at No. 6. Only 119,000 copies were bought. Taylor Swift’s Speak Now comes in at No. 2, moving 182,000 units. While 10-year-old America’s Got Talent sensation Jackie Evancho and her Christmas album, O Holy Night, comes in at No. 3 selling 145,000 copies. Check out the full top 10 below.

Dec. 8, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 272,000

No. 2 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 182,000

No. 3 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 145,000

No. 4 – Glee‘s Christmas album: 129,000.

No. 5 – Glee, The Music Volume 4:  128,000

No. 6 – Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning: 119,000.

No. 7  – Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 108,000

No. 8 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 103,000

No. 9 – Josh Groban, Illuminations: 78,000

No. 10 – Rihanna, Loud: 77,000

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Kanye West's 'Twisted Fantasy' tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Kanye West may not always win in the court of public opinion, but about half a million fans showed their support for the rapper’s fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 496,000 copies sold. Fantasy bests his emotional 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, which sold 450,000 units during its premiere week. Rapstress Nicki Minaj and her first album, Pink Friday, follow at No. 2, with an impressive 375,000 albums sold in its opening week.

Last week’s chart-topper, Susan Boyle’s The Gift, takes the backseat to the rap duo at No. 3 with 263,000 sets purchased. Check out the complete top 10 list below.

Dec. 1, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Kanye West,  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 496,000

No. 2 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: with 375,000

No. 3 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 263,000

No. 4 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 241,000

No. 5 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 142,000

No. 6 – Rihanna, Loud: 141,000

No. 7 – Justin Bieber, My Worlds Acoustic: 115,000

No. 8 – My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: 112,000

No. 9 – Ne-Yo, Libra Scale: 112,000

No. 10 – Glee‘s Christmas: 108,000

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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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Lou Reed comes around, collaborates with Susan Boyle on 'Perfect Day' video

Susan-BoyleImage Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images; Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesHe may—or may not!—have initially objected to the reality-show songbird’s cover of his elegiac 1972 ballad “Perfect Day,” but now irascible rock icon Lou Reed has decided to go ahead and take a walk on the Scottish side, working with SuBo on her new, homeland-set video for the track.

Reed’s manager confirms that the Velvet Underground godhead did indeed create the concept for the Loch Lomond-filmed clip—but didn’t in fact direct it or even travel to Scotland for the shoot, as several news outlets have erroneously reported.

Watch the moody, mists-of-Avalon result here: READ FULL STORY

Susan Boyle to release Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' as first album single, possibly sing unknowingly about heroin

lou-reed-susan-boyleImage Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosShe may not have been allowed to perform it on America’s Got Talent two weeks ago, but Susan Boyle will officially release Lou Reed’s elegiac 1972 ballad “Perfect Day” as the first single from her upcoming second album The Gift, due November 9.

The sweet, church-going lady has taken on substance-tinged rock gods before, crooning lines like “I know I’ve dreamed you a sin and a lie” and “Let’s do some living after we die” when she covered the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.”

But Reed’s raw ballad has long been associated, rightly or not, with heroin use—attached to Reed’s own well-documented predelictions, of course, but also, famously, to the 1996 film Trainspotting‘s iconic scene of Ewan McGregor injecting his way to a watery narcotic Narnia.

Boyle is hardly the only one to re-imagine “Perfect Day”: Duran Duran reached the top 30 with their take in 1995, and artists ranging from Patti Smith to Coldplay have recorded or performed the song live.

But does it belong on SuBo’s album alongside Christmas hymns like “Away in a Manger” and “O Holy Night”? (She will also offer her version of Leonard Cohen’s infinitely reproduced “Hallelujah,” perhaps the only song that can claim cover versions by Bob Dylan, Justin Timberlake, Jeff Buckley, Bon Jovi, kd lang, opera star Renee Fleming, and untold numbers of talent-show hopefuls.)

If “Day” does become a hit for the 49-year-old church-choir member and renowned cat lover, it also won’t strictly be a first; Christian pop outfit Sixpence None the Richer made the La’s 1988 single “There She Goes,” long said to be an ode to street opiates, a hit again in 1999.

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Simon Cowell wades into Lou Reed-Susan Boyle controversy, asking 'Do we have permission, yes or no?'

simon-cowellImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Brendon Thorne/Getty Images; Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesThe beef between Lou Reed and Susan Boyle is still cooking. And now Simon Cowell’s jumped on the stove. Since we reported yesterday that the rock legend would not allow SuBo to perform his 1972 classic Perfect Day” for her appearance on America’s Got Talent, Reed’s reps have denied that he personally vetoed her request. Instead, they say, the issue was legally clearing the track in America in time for her performance–which they could not do fast enough.

Speaking to TMZ, Cowell called Reed’s supposed rejection “petty, so pathetic” and added that “Loads of people have covered this song. Well Lou, if you’re listening to this, do we have permission, yes or no, to put the song on America’s Got Talent next week?  Personal request from me.” A simple question from a straight shooter.

How do you think this is going to turn out, folks? Should Boyle let go of “Perfect Day” and  keep it moving? Or should she keep the fight alive? Let us know.

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