It’s the most wonderful time of the year for throwback crooner Michael Bublé. His holiday album, Christmas, will easily hold on to the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 thanks to sales of just under 480,000, lifting his seven-week total to more than 1.5 million, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
And though they notched their highest chart debut ever and best first-week sales to date, modern blues duo the Black Keys had to settle for #2 and sales of 206,000 for El Camino. Late British R&B singer Amy Winehouse was back in the top 10 thanks to her first posthumous collection, Lioness: Hidden Treasures , which hit #5 on sales of 114,000.
Other top 10 debuts include the latest “Glee” cast album (#9, 58,000) and nü-metal veterans Korn’s dip into the dubstep sound, Path of Totality (#10, 55,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#3, 187,000), Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe (#4, 158,000), Andrea Bocelli, Concerto: One Night in Central Park (#6, 79,000), Drake, Take Care (#7, 73,000) and Nickelback’s Here and Now (#8, 66,000).
Further down the line, the Roots entered the charts at #17 with Undun (48,000), rockers Chevelle were at #20 with Hats Off to the Bull (43,000), smooth loverman Robin Thicke slid in at #22 with Love After War (41,000) and T-Pain’s comeback disc, Revolver, had a modest debut at #28 (34,000).
As fans of the crime trilogy get ready to check out the David Fincher-directed take on “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the Trent Reznor-created soundtrack for the film quietly slid onto the charts at #103 on sales of just under 11,000.
The top of the charts should remain pretty static next week as the only new titles hitting the top 200 are from R&B veteran Anthony Hamilton, a joint album by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa and recently sprung rapper Gucci Mane’s collaborative album with White Girl Mob rapper V-Nasty, Baytl.