People just keep buying Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream." We can't do anything about it, it just keeps happening.
The Scottish Internet star moved 510,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to keep her on top of The Billboard 200 for a fifth week. She beats out the debut of Mary J. Blige's "Stronger with Every Tear," which bows at No. 2 with 330,000. Blige's previous two album took No. 1. Sad.
So back to Boyle: The Beatles' "1," Garth Brooks' "Sevens" and Backstreet Boys' "Black & Blue are the only other albums to ever sell more than 500,000 copies in their first five weeks. This is just weird even typing that. No wonder Boyle made our Best and Worst Music News list.
Only 175,000 copies stand between Taylor Swift's "Fearless" and "I Dreamed a Dream" as 2009's best-seller. Next week, a winner will be crowned.
Speaking of "Fearless," it falls 4-5 on the chart with 224,000 (-6%).
Sales this week are up 13% compared to sales last week, and are up around 1% compared to the same sales week last year. Sales totals for the year are down 13% compared to the same frame last year.
"We Are Young Money," a collaboration/compilation effort from artists on Lil Wayne's Young Money label, debuts at No. 9 with 142,000. It was originally going to be the companion album to Weezy's "Rebirth" effort, but we all know what happened there.
Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" sticks to No. 3 (284,000, -27%), Alicia Keys' "Element of Freedom" slips 2-4 (280,000, -33%), Lady GaGa's "The Fame" sits at No. 6 (169,000, +20%), Justin Bieber's "My World" climbs 8-7 (157,000, +23%) and Carrie Underwood's "Play On" descends 5-8 (153,000, flat sales change). Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" rounds it all out, slipping 7-10 (137,000, -3%).