Justin Bieber Lands Second Chart-Topping Album Of The Year
The Mariah Yeater baby scandal didn’t seem to affect Justin Bieber’s album sales during Under The Mistletoe‘s first week of release, as Billboard reports that Beliebers snatched up 210,000 copies of the holiday LP — enough for a #1 debut on the Top 200. This marks Justin’s second trip to the top of the album chart in 2011, following Never Say Never: The Remixes. Billboard also notes that Under The Mistletoe is the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1 on the Top 200 in the chart’s history. Two other achievements by the Bieb: Under The Mistletoe is only the eighth holiday album to top the chart, and the singer is the first solo artist to rack up three #1 albums before their 18th birthday.
Elsewhere, given the #1 debuts of Susan Boyle’s first two albums, it’s somewhat surprising to see her latest effort, Someone To Watch Over Me, go in at #4. Then again, I Dreamed A Dream started off with 701,000 copies sold in 2009, while last year’s The Gift opened with 318,000 — a steep drop that seems to have indicated a trend. Someone To Watch Over Me moved 132,000 copies in its first week.
Sandwiched between Bieber and Boyle, at #2 and #3, respectively, are Wale’s Ambition (164,000) and Miranda Lambert’s aptly-titled fourth album Four The Record (133,000).
With four new releases stacked at the top of the chart, Adele’s 21 is bumped down to #5 — the lowest position the album has reached since being released in late February. This leaves Florence + The Machine’s second album Ceremonials to enter at #6 (105,000). The Top 10 debuts are rounded out by Tyrese’s Open Invitation (76,000) at #9.
It was a relatively busy week, though expect things to get shaken up again by the debuts of Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park and the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack in seven days.
The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
1. Justin Bieber, Under The Mistletoe *new* *1 week* 2. Wale, Ambition *new* 3. Miranda Lambert, Four The Record *new* 4. Susan Boyle, Someone To Watch Over Me *new* 5. Adele, 21 6. Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials *new* 7. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto 8. Michael Buble, Christmas 9. Tyrese, Open Invitation *new* 10.Kelly Clarkson, Stronger