Okay, okay—so the TRON: Legacy score isn’t exactly a full-on Daft Punk studio album. But the seminal French duo’s set of arcade movie tunes has debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, and we’re celebrating anyway! As for the #1 album, well, they might as well just slap a crown on Scottish minx Susan Boyle’s head and dub her the Queen Of America, because The Gift is in its fourth non-consecutive week on top of the chart.
Boyle now has the honor of having had the first #1 album of 2010 with I Dreamed A Dream, and also the final one of the year (this week’s chart is dated December 25) with The Gift. She’s also the only solo artist to have two different albums top the main album chart in 2010. (The Glee cast hit #1 three times over the past 12 months, with their Power Of Madonna and Journey To Regionals EPs, and Glee: The Music, Volume 3—Showstoppers.)
The highest debut this week goes to T.I.’s No Mercy. The 30-year-old ATL MC had the misfortune of landing in the slammer a month before the release of his seventh LP. And so without the “Castle Walls” rapper able to do promotion in person for his latest release, it goes in at #4 on sales of 159,000 copies.
Getting back to Daft Punk, the pair’s TRON score sold 71,000 copies. Before this Top 10 achievement, their three studio albums charted as follows: Homework (#150), Discovery (#44) and Human After All (#98). So, go on—give them a big 21 glow stick salute.
The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums:
1. Susan Boyle, The Gift *4 weeks*
2. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
3. Glee Cast, Glee: The Music—The Christmas Album
4. T.I., No Mercy *new*
5. Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night
6. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
7. Josh Groban, Illuminations
8. Glee Cast, Glee: The Music, Vol. 4
9. Rihanna, Loud
10. Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy *new*