“Got Talent?” America thinks Susan Boyle and Jackie Evancho does. 

Boyle tops The Billboard 200 album chart for a second week with “The Gift,” moving 335,000 copies, an increase of 5%. It doesn’t hurt that it’s another week closer to Christmas, and that the album is chock-full of inspirational and holiday tracks.
… Which also aided “America’s Got Talent” 10-year-old star Jackie Evancho, who released her own Christmas album “O Holy Night.” That four-song EP debuts at No. 2 with 239,000 copies.
Both of those efforts beat out Rihanna’s second new album this year, “Loud,” which arrives at No. 3 with 207,000 units. That’s her best sales week yet, and nearly her best charting album – “Good Girl Gone Bad” made it to No. 2. Her “Rated R,” from earlier this year, got to No. 4. But the “Umbrella” singer has yet to earn a No. 1.
Josh Groban’s “Illuminations” enters at No. 4 with 191,000. His last studio album was – duh – a Christmas set (“Noel”) and it made it to No. 1 for a number of weeks.
Kid Rock’s new one “Born Free” has a No. 5 start with 189,000 copies. He’s still one of the iTunes holdouts, but still managed to sell his albums – only as albums – at other digital retailers. It was in 2007 that he released his last, “Rock N Roll Jesus.” It peaked at No. 1.
Rascal Flatts’ “Nothing Like This” debuts at No. 6 with 165,000 copies. It’s the country band’s Big Machine debut (for those playing at home, that’s T-Swift’s label) and the follow-up to chart-topper “Unstoppable” from last year.
Another country act, Keith Urban, has his "Get Closer," start at No. 7 with 162,000. 2009’s "Defying Gravity" bowed at No. 1 with 172,000.
Glee’s “Christmas Album” makes it to No. 8 with 161,000.
Taylor Swift’s "Speak Now" falls No. 2 to No. 9 (146,000, -30%).
Nelly starts at No. 10 with "5.0,” selling 63,000. His “Brass Knuckles” (2008) made it to No. 3.
Sales for the year are down 13%.


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.