Susan Boyle May Retake Top Spot On Billboard 200
Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" may make a return engagement at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as industry prognosticators suggest her set could sell around 80,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Jan. 24.
The set is reaping the benefits of Boyle's chat and performance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Jan. 19. Boyle's segment lasted for the first 20 minutes of the show, while fellow reality TV contestant Adam Lambert took up the the rest of hour-long broadcast. Expect Lambert's "For Your Entertainment" debut album to also see a big gain next week.
However, Boyle's climb back to No. 1 isn't a done deal. The as-yet-recorded charity album "Hope For Haiti Now" could make a splashy debut on the tally next week, depending on consumer reaction to the set over the weekend. A No. 1 debut isn't out of the realm of possibility and would mark the first No. 1 digital-exclusive set on the chart.
The songs on "Hope For Haiti Now" will be recorded live during the telethon show of the same name airing tonight (Jan. 22) and should reach digital download services on Saturday and Sunday. The "Hope For Haiti Now" show will be broadcast on every major TV network beginning at 8 PM ET/PT and 7 PM CT. It will also be live-streamed on YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody.
The set, priced at $7.99, will be distributed by INgrooves and available through iTunes, Amazon's MP3 store, Rhapsody and Napster. Customers will be able to pre-order the set today (Jan. 22) via iTunes and then download it once it becomes available. Individual performances will also be available as single track downloads.
Performers scheduled for the "Hope For Haiti Now" telethon include (in alphabetical order): Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, the Edge, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Madonna, Dave Matthews, Emeline Michele, Rihanna, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder.