It's going to be a very Justin Christmas. As predicted, Justin Bieber will land his second #1 album in a row next week when his holiday disc, Under the Mistletoe, nabs the top spot on the Billboard 200.
And though in recent days he's been facing ongoing questions about the paternity suit filed against him by a 20-year-old woman, Bieber has been promoting Mistletoe hard, which appears to have paid off with sales of 210,000 in its first week. That was more than enough to hold off the second effort from rapper Wale, Ambition, which will come in at #2 (164,000), according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Country singer Miranda Lambert is at #3 with Four the Record (133,000), edging out former "Britain's Got Talent" star Susan Boyle, whose second effort, Someone to Watch Over Me, scores a #4 bow thanks to 132,000 units moved. English act Florence and the Machine make it into the top 10 at #6 with Ceremonials (105,000), while singer/actor Tyrese sneaks in at #9 with Open Invitation (76,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele holds strong at #5 (108,000), Coldplay fall six spots in week two to #7 as Mylo Xyloto sales dropped 77 percent to 104,000, Michael Bublé moved another 89,000 copies of Christmas (#8) and Kelly Clarkson falls eight spots to #10 in her second week with Stronger, which slipped 69 percent on sales of 51,000.
Just outside the top 10, long-running metal act Megadeth come in at #11 with Th1rt3en (42,000), teen singer Jackie Evancho is at #16 with Heavenly Christmas (27,000) and Blink-182 offshoot Angels & Airwaves sneak in at #30 with Love, Part Two (16,000). Further down the line, a remastered version of U2's Achtung Baby lands at #35 (13,000), just barely ahead of the much-derided Lou Reed and Metallica album, Lulu (#36, 13,000).
Over on the iTunes charts, Wale wins the digital-album sales war, taking the #1 position over Bieber, with Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Lambert and Adele coming in behind. Rounding out the albums list are Angels & Airwaves, Bublé, Tyrese and Clarkson.
Rihanna lords over the iTunes singles chart with "We Found Love," followed by LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It," Adele's "Someone Like You," Flo Rida's "Good Feeling," David Guetta's "Without You" and Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks." Maroon 5's summer smash, "Moves Like Jagger," holds on at #7, beating out T-Pain's "5 O'Clock," Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" and Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain."
We will see how strong Mac Miller's pull is next week when his major-label debut, Blue Slide Park, hits the charts, along with the Now 40 collection and the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack.