Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Adam Lambert may get a lot of press, but none were able to snag the number one spot on Billboard’s Top 200 with their new albums last week. No, the decisive Thanksgiving week champion was none other than UK singing sensation Susan Boyle, who sold more than 700,000 copies of I Dreamed A Dream, the biggest opening week for a debut album since Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle in 1993. Holy shizzle!
Not only did Boyle knock Eminem out of the running biggest opening week of 2009 (though AC/DC did bigger numbers in 2008), Boyle sold more than Lambert’s For Your Entertainment, Rihanna’s Rated R and Gaga’s The Fame Monster EP combined—each selling only 150-200k copies (still career highs for all). Gaga can also take comfort in the fact that if you combine the sales of The Fame Monster and her first album, The Fame (at #5 and #6, respectively), she’d snag the #2 spot away from Andrea Boccelli‘s month-old My Christmas. Meanwhile, last week’s #1, John Mayer‘s Battle Studies, falls out of the top ten entirely in its second week. Gossip is undoubtedly good for sales, but it’s no stocking stuffer compared to opera.
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