There’s just no catching Michael Bublé on the Billboard 200 as 2011 comes to a close. The smooth crooner will top the charts once again next week thanks to his holiday steamroller, Christmas, moving another 467,000 units. In just over two months, MB has sold 2.4 million copies, giving him the second best-selling album of the year to date, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
And though he’s put up very impressive numbers in a short time, there’s no way he can surpass 2011’s chart champ , Adele, whose 21 sold another 399,000 copies, giving her more than 5.6 million in sales so far this year. Right behind Adele at #2 was the week’s only new top 10 entry, Young Jeezy’s long-awaited TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition.
The rest of the top 10: Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe (#4, 225,000), Drake’s Take Care (#5, 131,000), Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night (#6, 110,000), Rihanna’s Talk That Talk (#7, 99,000), Nickelback’s Here and Now (#8, 99,000), Black Keys’ El Camino (#9, 92,000) and Now That’s What I Call Music! 40 (#10, 88,000).
Just outside the top 10, people were clearly picking up copies of Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto as stocking stuffers, sending the album’s sales up 85 percent to 85,000 and eight slots to #12 as it closes in on sales of 1 million. The only other notable new entry on the charts was Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer, which will debut at #18 on sales of 69,000.
Several top 20 artists got a serious double-digit boost in the run-up to Christmas, including LMFAO (up 85 percent), Mary J. Blige (up 75 percent), Florence and the Machine (up 101 percent) and Lil Wayne (up 93 percent).