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, [article id="1627383"]I Dreamed a Dream,[/article] 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 [article id="1589304"]acquitted in his long-running child pornography case[/article].
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 [article id="1627477"]Allison Iraheta[/article], 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 [article id="1627862"]Chris Brown's Graffiti,[/article] his first effort since pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna, as well as new albums from [article id="1627772"]Snoop Dogg[/article], Gucci Mane, [article id="1627854"]Timbaland[/article] and [article id="1627758"]30 Seconds to Mars[/article] and the second volume of the soundtrack from the hit show "Glee."