Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" album maintains its hold on the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 as it sells 527,000 in its second week, bringing its two-week sales total to 1.2 million . . . Meanwhile, in the runner-up slot on the chart, Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" continues to surge in sales as it moves 428,000 in its fifth week on the list (up 97%) . . . The tally's best debut this week—and the only one in the top 10—is R. Kelly's "Untitled," which begins at No. 4 with 114,000 . . . Next week's Billboard 200 will welcome new albums from Chris Brown, Timbaland and 30 Seconds to Mars, in addition to the second installment of the "Glee" TV soundtrack.



FLASH POINTS

• Susan Boyle fends off the advances of Andrea Bocelli . . . on the Billboard 200. The former's "I Dreamed a Dream" retains the No. 1 slot with 527,000 in its second week (down just 25%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, while the latter's "My Christmas" holds at No. 2 for a fourth frame with 428,000 (up 97%).

• After just two weeks of release, Boyle's "Dream" is now the 10th-best-selling album of the year with 1.2 million sold. Meanwhile, Bocelli's set surpasses 1 million in total sales in its fifth week (1.1 million) and becomes his best-selling album since the release of "Amore" in 2006 (1.7 million).

• Conventional wisdom indicates that with Christmas just a little more than two weeks away, sales for "My Christmas" should increase as we inch 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 belongs to R. Kelly's "Untitled," which arrives at No. 4 with 114,000. Thus, all nine of Kelly's solo studio sets have reached the top four positions on the chart, stretching back to his solo bow with "12 Play" in 1993.

• Kelly's set is the lone debut in the top 10 this week—the next-highest entry is 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 turkey day 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 Buble'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 10.1 million units, down 5% compared with the sum last week (10.7 million) and down 10% compared with the same sales week of 2008 (11.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 330.3 million, down 13% compared with the same total at this point last year (381.3 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 10.1 million units
• DOWN 5% from last week's charts: 10.7 million units
• DOWN 10% from same week, 2008: 11.3 million units
• This week: The top four albums on the Billboard 200 sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Britney Spears' big top "Circus" bowed at No. 1 with 505,000 while Akon's "Freedom" was the lone other debut in the top 10 at No. 7 with 111,000. The previous week's topper, Kanye West's "808s and Heartbreak," fell to No. 4 with 142,000 (down 69%).


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Chris Brown's "Graffiti," Timbaland's "Shock Value 2," the second volume of the "Glee" TV soundtrack, 30 Seconds to Mars' "This Is War," Jimmy Buffett's "Buffett Hotel," Clipse's "Til the Casket Drops," Snoop Dogg's "Malice in Wonderland," Puddle of Mudd's "Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate" and Gucci Mane's "The State Vs. Radric Davis."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Taylor Swift's "Fearless" flew back to No. 1, up one slot, with 249,000 (up 29%), while the previous week's topper, Britney Spears' "Circus," fell to No. 2 with 200,000 (down 60%). The chart's highest was Musiq Soulchild's "On My Radio" at No. 11 with 91,000.