Chances are, there's going to be some [artist id="3180740"]Susan Boyle[/artist] under the tree this year. The "Britain's Got Talent" runner-up is proving to be exactly the shot in the arm the sleepy music industry needed this holiday season, as her debut, I Dreamed a Dream, will easily hold onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week, thanks to another 527,000 units shifted.
Even with a 25 percent drop-off from her smash first-week sales — which set the high mark for a chart debut in 2009 at 701,000 — Boyle easily remained #1 as her debut steamed past the 1.2 million mark, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. The only serious competition came from another Christmas must-have, tenor Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas, which saw a 97 percent sales bump to 428,000, pushing the disc past the 1.1 million mark in just over a month.
The only debut in the top 10 is the latest from [artist id="10489"]R. Kelly[/artist], Untitled, which will come in at #4 on sales of 114,000. After notching five #1 debuts over the course of his career, the top-five placement is a modest showing for the first album from the Pied Piper since he was acquitted in his long-running child pornography case.
The top 10 is otherwise relatively static, with Taylor Swift's unbeatable Fearless jumping five spots to #3 (127,000), Lady Gaga easing up one slot to #5 with Fame (84,000), Carrie Underwood rising three to #6 with Play On (81,000) and Norah Jones also up three spots to #7 with Fall (80,000). Returning to the top 10 are the "Michael Jackson's This Is It" soundtrack at #8 (75,000), the "New Moon" soundtrack at #9 (72,000) and Michael Bublé's Crazy Love, up seven spots to #10 (72,000).
Things were sagging slightly for a few albums in their second week. Gaga's eight-track EP The Fame Monster drops to #13 in week two (65,000, down 63 percent). Rihanna's Rated R falls 10 spots to #14 (59,000, down 67 percent). And "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert is not getting much chart love despite the continuing echo-effect of his salacious AMA performance, as his debut, For Your Entertainment, drops 16 spots to #19 in week two on sales of 51,000, a 74 percent downturn.
While Lambert's hype isn't necessarily producing chart magic, he's well ahead of "Idol" winner Kris Allen, whose self-titled debut took another big hit in its third week on the chart, dropping 15 slots to #46 on sales of 22,000. The show's fourth-place finisher, spunky teenager Allison Iraheta, will have a quiet debut at #31 with Just Like You, which sold 32,000 copies.
A couple of veterans also failed to get a holiday bump, as Shakira's She Wolf dipped 58 percent in its second week on the charts, dropping 13 spots to #28 (37,000), and 50 Cent shed more than 50 percent of last week's business for Before I Self Destruct, which falls another 16 spots to #35 (30,000).
Veteran rapper Juvenile is probably not feeling as Cocky and Confident as he expected, as his first album in three years lands at #43 on sales of 23,000. And neo-new-wavers the Bravery's latest, Stir the Blood, barely squeaks in at #103 in its first week on sales of 9,000.
Next week promises some potentially fresh blood near the top, with the release of Chris Brown's Graffiti, his first effort since pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna, as well as new albums from Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Timbaland and 30 Seconds to Mars and the second volume of the soundtrack from the hit show "Glee."