[artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift[/artist] might be sweeping up all the year-end awards, but it’s “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up [artist id=”3180740″]Susan Boyle[/artist] who is dominating the charts. According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed a Dream , will lord over the Billboard 200 chart yet again next week, notching an impressive fourth consecutive week in the #1 position thanks to another 661,000 units shifted. Since its release last month, Boyle’s disc of covers and holiday favorites has sold nearly 2.5 million copies, making it one of the year’s top sellers.
After a series of delays, [artist id=”503203″]Alicia Keys[/artist] will come out strong at #2 with The Element of Freedom, which sold 417,000 copies, pushing another swiftly selling holiday album, tenor Andrea Bocelli’s My Christmas, down to #3 on sales of 390,000.
The only other debut in the top 10 in a quiet release week will come from R&B smoothie Robin Thicke, whose Sex Therapy: The Experience will land at #9 on sales of 123,000.
The rest of the top 10: Taylor Swift’s Fearless (#4, 239,000, up 42 percent), Carrie Underwood’s Play On (#5, 153,000, up 44 percent), Lady Gaga’s The Fame (#6, up 37 percent), Michael Bublé’s Crazy World (#7, 140,000, up 53 percent), Justin Bieber’s My World (#8, 127,000, up 31 percent) and Glee: The Music Volume 2 (#10, 111,000, down 36 percent).
Just outside the top 10, a number of albums saw healthy holiday-related sales bumps, including Gaga’s eight-song The Fame Monster EP (99,000, up 37 percent), John Mayer’s Battle Studies (#15, 88,000, up 65 percent) and Rihanna’s Rated R (#21, 78,000, up 55 percent). The “Russian Roulette” singer’s ex, Chris Brown, had a rougher week on the charts, as his first album since pleading guilty to assaulting her , Graffiti, plunged 21 spots in week two to #28 on sales of 54,000, a 47 percent drop-off.
Imprisoned rapper Gucci Mane also had a tough week, as The State vs. Radric Davis fell 27 spots to #37 in its second week, dropping 54 percent on sales of 41,000, while Snoop Dogg’s latest, Malice N Wonderland, dipped 43 percent and 27 spots to #48 on sales of 34,000 in its second week. Another album quickly fading is R. Kelly’s Untitled, which has slipped from #4 to #55 in three weeks on the charts, selling just 29,000 copies last week.
And finally, another of last week’s high debuts, 30 Seconds to Mars’ This Is War, did a belly flop in week two, falling 40 spots to #58 as business dropped 58 percent to 28,000. That was almost as bad as the news for super-producer Timbaland, whose star-packed solo album Shock Value II shed 52 percent of its business, dropping 47 spots to #79 in week two on sales of 19,000. The news wasn’t great for rap duo the Clipse either, with Til the Casket Drops tumbling 92 spots to #133 as business dropped 65 percent to 11,000.
Look for another quiet one next week, as the only contenders for Boyle’s crown in the final holiday dash are new albums from Mary J. Blige, Hurricane Chris, the debut from Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew, Eminem’s Relapse: Refill bonus collection and a Dave Matthews Band live CD/DVD set.