In just six weeks, Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" has racked up an epic 3,104,000 in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, that impressive feat was not enough to overtake Taylor Swift's "Fearless" as 2009's top selling album. The latter is at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling another 60,000 -- bringing its 2009 total to 3,217,000.
As it turns out, four of the year's biggest selling albums also happen to feature in the current weekly Billboard 200 chart, where Boyle leads for a sixth week. Here's a quick rundown of the rest of the top 10 on this week's chart: Lady Gaga's "The Fame," as predicted here last week, climbs from No. 6 to a new peak of No. 2 with 82,000 (down 51%). The 62-week old album had previously topped out at No. 4 back on March 21, 2009.
Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" climbs one spot to No. 3 with 80,000 (down 71%) while Mary J. Blige's "Stronger With Each Tear" drops two spots to No. 4 with 62,000. Justin Bieber's "My World" EP is up one to No. 6 with 52,000 (down 67%) while the soundtrack to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel" flies from No. 20 to No. 7 with 51,000 (down 43%). The set makes such a large positional leap thanks to its relatively small sales decline -- overall album sales were down 55% this week, so its drop is not so bad in comparison.
Rounding out the bottom slots of the top 10, we have the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." moving from No. 15 to No. 8 with 47,000 (down 55%), Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" EP up three spots to No. 9 (44,000; down 62%) and Owl City's "Ocean Eyes" up four rungs to No. 10 (down 59%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Jan. 3) totaled 7.76 million units, down 55% compared to the sum last week (15.14 million) and down 9% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (week ending Jan. 4; 8.51 million).