It's becoming clear that you can't stop Susan Boyle, you can only hope to contain her. Actually, nobody has even been able to do that yet. The "Britain's Got Talent" star will hold on to the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for an amazing sixth week in a row, thanks to another 137,000 units shifted, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. And while her sales over the New Year's week dipped by more than 70 percent, Boyle still managed to steam past the 3 million mark in just six weeks.
With no other new releases dropping in the last week of 2009, the rest of the top 10 consisted of the usual suspects, all of whom took serious double-digit hits as consumers appeared to snuggle up and avoid the post-Christmas sales. [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga's[/artist] equally indomitable Fame moves up four spots to #2 on sales of 82,000, followed by [artist id="503203"]Alicia Keys'[/artist] The Element of Freedom, which shed 71 percent of the previous week's business while converting another 80,000 fans.
The rest of the top 10: Mary J. Blige's Stronger (#4, 62,000, down 81 percent in week two), Taylor Swift's Fearless (#5, 60,000, down 73 percent), Justin Bieber's My World (#6, 52,000, down 67 percent), the soundtrack to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," (#7, 51,000, down 43 percent), Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#8, 47,000, down 55 percent), Lady Gaga's Fame Monster EP (#9, 44,000, down 62 percent) and Owl City's Ocean Eyes (#10, 44,000, down 59 percent).
It wasn't just the top 10 that experienced major sales drops. In fact, the top 30 albums all had double-digit dips. One of the biggest drops was for the debut from Lil Wayne's Young Money crew, whose We Are Young Money drooped by 70 percent, falling three spots to #12 in its second week on sales of 43,000. Not surprisingly, given its $1 billion worldwide haul at the box office, the score to James Cameron's "Avatar" leaped 72 spots to #31 on sales of 18,000.
Things will likely stay put next week, as the only notable release this week is the debut from Ke$ha, Animal.