Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" album continues its hold of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 527,000 copies (down just 25%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. After two weeks of release, "I Dreamed a Dream" is now the 10th biggest-selling album of the year with 1.23 million sold.
Boyle fends off the advances of Andrea Bocelli, whose "My Christmas" holds at No. 2 for a fourth week with 428,000 (up 97%). Bocelli's set surpasses a million in total sales in its fifth week (1.12 million) and becomes his best-selling album since the release of "Amore" in 2006 (1.66 million).
Conventional wisdom indicates that with Christmas just a little over two weeks away, sales of "My Christmas" should increase as the date inches closer to Dec. 25. Thus, the album has a chance of approaching the total sales racked up by Bocelli's two best-selling sets: "Romanza" (1997; 4.2 million) and "Sogno" (1999; 2.5 million).
While Boyle and Bocelli fought for the top slot, the highest debut on the Billboard 200 chart belongs to R. Kelly's "Untitled," which arrives at No. 4 with 114,000. All nine of Kelly's solo studio albums have reached the top four positions on the chart, stretching back to his solo bow with "12 Play" in 1993.
Kelly's "Untitled" is the lone debut in the top 10 this week -- the next-highest entry comes from the soundtrack to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel," at No. 28 with 39,000. The week following Thanksgiving each year is usually a bit quiet on the Billboard 200, as most major releases drop before the holiday. Additionally, a number of albums on this week's chart post sizable weekly sales declines as the tally adjusts itself after the busy shopping period two weeks ago.
Taylor Swift's seemingly unstoppable "Fearless" spends its 47th week in the top 10, rising from No. 8 to No. 3 with 127,000 (up 2%), while Lady Gaga's "The Fame" moves up one spot to No. 5 with 84,000 (down 45%). Carrie Underwood's "Play On" slides up three positions to No. 6 with 81,000 (down 35%), Norah Jones' "The Fall" rises three rungs to No. 7 with 80,000 (down 27%) and Michael Jackson's "This Is It" climbs from No. 11 to No. 8 with 75,000 (down 31%).
Rounding out the top 10 are the soundtrack to "New Moon" at No. 9 (up three slots with 72,000; down 31%) and Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" at No. 10 (up from No. 18 with 72,000 with a sales increase of 6%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 6) totaled 10.14 million units, down 5% compared to the sum last week (10.72 million) and down 10% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (11.31 million). Year to date album sales stand at 330.3 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (381.3 million).