A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts.
The Billboard 200
-- Susan Boyle and T.I.: Rapper T.I. was no match for Susan Boyle's soothing sounds this week. Boyle's newest album, "The Gift," reigns atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth non-consecutive week (243,000; down 10%, according to Nielsen SoundScan), while the hip-hop act's "No Mercy" bows at No. 4 (159,000).
-- Andrea Bocelli: The Italian singer's "My Christmas" album is about to re-enter the top 10 as it climbs three spots to No. 11 with 71,000 (up 18%). The 2009 release peaked at No. 2 for five weeks in November and December of last year. It has since shifted 2.4 million in the United States and is his third-best selling release. At its current sales pace, it will surpass "Sogno" (2.5 million) next week to become his second-biggest. His best? "Romanza," with 4.2 million.
-- Vince Guaraldi Trio/"A Charlie Brown Christmas": ABC's airing of the favorite animated TV special on Dec. 7 spurs a big gain for the soundtrack, as it vaults 71 slots to No. 30 with 41,000 (up 243%). The broadcast garnered 8.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. "Charlie Brown" earned a encore airing on ABC on Dec. 16, so we could see another sales bump next week.
-- deadmau5: The DJ/producer has a banner week, as his new album, "4x4=12," debuts at No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Electronic Albums with his best sales week yet: 27,000. The artist's (given name: Joel Zimmerman) last set, 2009's "For Lack of a Better Name," missed the Billboard 200 and never sold more than 2,000 copies in a single week.
-- The Black Keys: The duo's "Brothers" is basking in the glow of love from a multitude of year-end best-of lists, as the set ranks among many sites and publications' favorite releases of 2010. Additionally, iTunes selected it as its Album of the Year and sale priced it for $7.99 last week. All of the warm accolades prompts an overall 59% increase for the album as it jumps from No. 121 to No. 89 with 15,000 copies. It's also posts a 104% increase in download sales.
-- Adam Lambert: Because of the high sales volume on the chart generated by holiday shopping, the tally's more competitive than usual -- thus, a number of new releases get somewhat lost in the shuffle. For example, Adam Lambert's new live EP "Acoustic Live!" settles for a No. 126 debut (10,000). Other debuts from big names this week: Charlie Wilson's "Just Charlie: (No. 19; 57,000), Hinder's "All American Nightmare" (No. 37; 35,000), Duffy's "Endlessly" (No. 72; 18,000), Natasha Bedingfield's "Strip Me" (No. 103; 13,000), Avant's "The Letter" (No. 114; 11,000), Plain White T's "Wonders of the Young" (No. 149; 8,000) and Juanes' "Parce" (No.165; 7,000).
The Billboard Hot 100
-- Katy Perry: The spinning wheel atop the Billboard Hot 100 comes to a halt for the first time in almost two months as Katy Perry's "Firework" spends a second consecutive week at No. 1. The track also leads Hot Digital Songs for a third straight week with 201,000 downloads (down 5%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last song to spend successive frames at the top of the Hot 100 was "Like a G6" by Far*East Movement (featuring Cataracs & Dev) on the charts dated Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. Since then, there have been five new No. 1s to lead the list, with "Like a G6" making a return engagement for a third and final week in between those new arrivals.
-- Rihanna: One of the recent Hot 100 No. 1s, "What's My Name?" by Rihanna (featuring Drake), is angling for a reprise at the top as it climbs 3-2 as the chart's Airplay Gainer. "Name" improves by 16% to 120.4 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, while motoring 4-2 on Hot 100 Airplay. The song at the head of the radio list is Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" with 130 million impressions. That track holds at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Rihanna becomes the first artist to hold down the top two slots on Hot 100 Airplay since T.I. doubled up for five weeks in November and December 2008 with "Live Your Life" and "Whatever You Like," with both titles taking turns at No. 1. Mariah Carey was the last female to do so when "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off" led the ranking for three weeks in September 2005. The former track was No. 1 for the first frame with the latter song taking the lead the next two weeks.
-- T.I.: The rapper takes the Hot Shot Debut at No. 18 with "That's All She Wrote" (featuring Eminem), which shifts 109,000 downloads and opens at No. 8 on Digital Songs. The track is the fourth title from his top five debuting album "No Mercy" to hit the Hot 100, though only one, "Got Your Back," has fared well enough at radio to reach the Hot 100 Airplay chart. That title peaked at No. 38 on the Hot 100 and No. 39 on Hot 100 Airplay in June, though it topped out at No. 7 on the Mainstream R&B chart. "That's all She Wrote" is in its infancy at radio, improving by 1000% in audience impressions in the tracking week.
-- Diddy-Dirty Money: The Diddy-led troupe takes the Hot 100 Digital Gainer, vaulting 51-24 with "Coming Home," featuring Skylar Grey. The title sells 65,000 (up 92%) and rises 44-17 on Digital Songs. They played "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 4.
-- Far*East Movement: The act's sophomore single "Rocketeer" takes the chart's largest jump 93-60 as it's the top debut on the Hot 100 Airplay chart at No. 53 with 21.5 million listener impressions (up 45%). The song also jumps 35-27 on the Mainstream Top 40 and 40-30 on Rhythmic Top 40 radio charts. As often is the case, when radio play builds, so do download sales -- the track moves 17,000 downloads (up 58%).