Adam Lambert Who? Rihanna Who? Susan Boyle CD Owns the Charts
None too glamorous Susan Boyle, the feel good music story of the year, does a slam dunk on super glam Adam Lambert. Boyle, the sometimes frumpy Scot with a voice like crystal, sold over 700,000 copies of her deput CD, I Dream a Dream. First week sales are the highest ever for a female artist.
She also managed the second highest single week results ever, coming in second to Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle in 1993.
It seems amazing that a lady no one had heard of a few months ago would prove such a success. Her showing on the Britains got Talent television show was a huge ratings success, and the YouTube video of that show set a record for the number of viewers. Susan Boyle outsold the controversial Lambert by a ratio of nearly 4 to 1 in its first week.
Sex sells. As do controversy and scandal. But apparently not as much as a high-note-hitting underdog from Scotland.
Fresh off her chart domination of the U.K., Susan Boyle has gone all Braveheart on our musical shores, nearly quadrupling the sales of her nearest new competitor (that would be Adam Lambert, not—surprise, surprise—Rihanna. Guess sex and scandal ain't such a bad combo, either. Nor is placing second on a reality show).
Boyle's I Dream a Dream sold a massive 701,000 copies its first week out, easily securing its spot atop the Billboard album charts, along with a guaranteed mention or two four in the annals of chart records. Behold the domination that is SuBo:
Boyle's album is now the biggest debut of 2009 (better luck on your next comeback, Eminem), the highest debut ever for a female solo artist since SoundScan began keeping track of such records, the second biggest debut album in SoundScan history (Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle moved 803,000 copies back in '93), and adds the U.S. to her ever-lengthening list of global number ones. She's already earned the prime spot in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and, of course, the U.K., where she moved 410,000 copies—the biggest debut in British chart history.
Which isn't to say Rihanna and the Glambert didn't make good showings of their own. They just weren't good enough.
As for the No. 2? Well, 'tis the season to feel jolly, and Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas is apparently fitting the bill for Americans, earning its second week in the second spot.
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