When the 20-track Hope for Haiti Now debuts at #1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, it will be the first time in the 54-year history of the chart that a digital-only release has hit the top spot.
All proceeds from the $7.99 Hope for Haiti album — which was available for pre-order through iTunes before Friday's all-star telethon and is now also available through Amazon's MP3 service and Rhapsody — will be donated to the Haiti relief funds. Thanks to sales of 171,000, Haiti Now easily beat out [artist id="3180740"]Susan Boyle's[/artist] I Dreamed a Dream, which holds steady at #2 on sales of 86,000, for a nine-week total just shy of 3.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Indie darlings [artist id="16721"]Spoon[/artist] will have the strongest debut of their career with Transference, which debuts at #4 on sales of 53,000, followed by the 2010 Grammy Nominees compilation, which moved 49,000 copies. The rest of the top 10 is filled out by [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga's[/artist] Fame at #3 (62,000), [artist id="2584573"]Vampire Weekend's[/artist] Contra (#6, 43,000), [artist id="503203"]Alicia Keys'[/artist] The Element of Freedom (#7, 40,000), [artist id="3213641"]Ke$ha's[/artist] Animal (#8, 35,000), the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas'[/artist] The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#9, 35,000) and [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift's[/artist] Fearless (#10, 32,000).
The Mark Hoppus-produced major-label debut from Motion City Soundtrack, My Dinosaur Life, comes in at #15 (27,000), and the debut from Justin Timberlake's pal Matt Morris, When Everything Breaks Open, lands at #95 (5,000). The pair's duet of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" from the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon remains the #1 single on iTunes.
After a steady slide down the charts, "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment got a big boost, jumping 13 spots to #21 (a 60 percent sales increase to 20,000) after his appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Meanwhile, "Idol" winner Kris Allen continued to go the other way, dropping 16 spots to #97 with his self-titled debut on sales of 5,000.
Further down the charts, comedian and "Parks and Recreation" co-star Aziz Ansari hits #86 with his album, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening (6,000), and buzz band Surfer Blood debut at #116 with Astro Coast (4,000).
Things should get a shake up next week with the chart debut of the latest from Grammy-nominated country act Lady Antebellum.