Wondering what gifts will await you on Christmas morning? Don’t be surprised if Ol’ St. Nick stuffs your stocking with a copy of Michael Bublé’s Yuletide LP. The throwback singer sold almost 448,000 copies of his Christmas album this past week while shoppers rushed stores to snag gifts for their loved ones. The sales number was more than enough to once again perch Bublé atop the Billboard albums chart like a partridge in a pear tree and bring him that much closer to a double-platinum plaque, according to SoundScan.
Adele put in work as well, securing the #2 spot on the charts, as another 277,000 music lovers realized they should run out and buy her masterpiece 21, 43 weeks after its release. Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe (#3, 171,000), Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night (#5, 81,000) and Drake’s Take Care (#7, 77,000) all pushed past platinum this week, while the Black Keys’ El Camino and Amy Winehouse’s posthumous Lioness: Hidden Treasures remained in the top 10 in their second week of release. Nickelback’s Here and Now (#6, 80,000), Andrea Bocelli’s Concerto: One Night in Central Park (#8, 76,000) and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day (#9, 66,000) rounded out the rest of the top 10.
Soul vocalist Anthony Hamilton saw his fifth studio album, Back to Love, miss the top 10 in its debut week, landing in the #12 position by selling almost 63,000 copies. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s Mac & Devin Go to High School movie soundtrack was the week’s second notable debut, but one would have to imagine that the duo expected to land higher than #29. Still, once the accompanying film is actually released in 2012, the album could potentially move up.
It’ll be interesting to see where veteran rappers Common and Young Jeezy will land next week with their respective albums, which were both released Tuesday.