[artist id=”3180740″]Susan Boyle[/artist] is just making this look way too easy. The “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up is having an epic run on the Billboard charts with her debut, I Dreamed a Dream, which will easily hold onto the top spot on the charts for a third week in a row, thanks to another 582,000 copies sold, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. In less than a month, MTV News’ #8 Woman of the Year has racked up more than 1.8 million in sales for one of the fastest starts by a debut album in recent memory.
While Boyle is hogging the spotlight, [artist id=”1943139″]Chris Brown[/artist] has to settle for the weakest debut of his career, as Graffiti will enter the charts at #7 on sales of 102,000. The figure is well off projections for the first disc from the 20-year-old singer since he pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna . His previous album, Exclusive, debuted at #4 in 2007 with 294,000 copies sold in its first week, and his self-titled debut hit #2 back in 2005 on sales of 154,000. Brown quit Twitter earlier this week after launching a fiery broadside against music retailers and the industry based on his claims that he is being “blackballed” and that stores are not stocking his CDs.
Billboard reported that the contrary appears to be true, with some retailers complaining that they have too many copies and that Brown’s label, Jive Records, may have over shipped it by sending out 400,000 units. The disc will, however, debut at #1 on the Billboard R&B albums chart.
The news isn’t much better for Rihanna, whose three-week-old Rated R takes another big tumble, falling from #14 to #25 on sales of 50,000.
Right behind Boyle in the holiday-sales cavalcade is Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, whose My Christmas sold 400,000 copies to hold onto the #2 position while passing the 1.5 million mark. Among the new residents in the top 10 is the second volume of the soundtrack to the Golden Globe-nominated TV show “Glee,” which sold 173,000 copies to notch a #3 debut. Meanwhile, imprisoned “Wasted” rapper Gucci Mane’s State vs. Radric Davis sneaks into the #10 spot thanks to 90,000 units moved.
The rest of next week’s top 10: Taylor Swift’s Fearless (#4, 168,000), Carrie Underwood’s Play On (#5, 107,000), Lady Gaga’s The Fame (#6, 103,000), Justin Bieber’s My World (#8, 97,000) and Michael Bublé’s Crazy Love (#9, 92,000).
Just outside the top 10, 30 Seconds to Mars debut at #18 with This Is War (67,000). Snoop Dogg walks into the #21 position with Malice ’N Wonderland (59,000). Timbaland manages a #32 bow for his all-star solo album, Shock Value II (39,000), and the Clipse hit #41 with ’Til The Casket Drops (31,000).
This year’s “American Idol” alums continue to struggle on the charts, with runner-up Adam Lambert shedding eight chart spots as his debut, For Your Entertainment, falls to #27 in its third week (46,000) and winner Kris Allen’s self-titled first effort drops eight spots to #54 (23,000).Likewise, fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta’s Just Like You shed 55 percent of her debut business and swoons 48 spots to #29 (14,000).
Also dropping were the latest from R. Kelly whose Untitled nosedives 32 positions to #36 in its second week, on sales of 38,000. Shakira’s She Wolf falls 15 spots to #43 in week three (31,000). 50 Cent’s Before I Self-Destruct dropped as well, sagging 18 spots to #57 (23,000) after a month. And after nearly three months, Mariah Carey’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel has dropped to #110 on total sales of 355,000.
Despite a trickle of new releases hitting the charts next week (Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke), it seems likely that Boyle will keep her stranglehold on the top for another go-round.