This week’s Billboard album chart features the likes of Adam Lambert, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift — all of whom are staring up at Susan Boyle.
The “Britain’s Got Talent” sensation soared to the top of the Billboard 200 with her debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream.” The album sold 701,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the biggest opening-week seller of 2009 (Eminem held the previous mark with 608,000 copies of “Relapse”). Boyle had already conquered the British charts, having sold 410,000 copies in her home country.
“I Dreamed a Dream” is also the best-selling debut album ever for a female artist, eclipsing Ashanti’s 2002 debut by almost 200,000 copies, and the second-highest debut album since SoundScan started tabulating sales in 1991. Only Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” (803,000) did better.
Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” enters the chart at No. 3 (behind tenor Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas album) with 198,000 copies moved. Rihanna’s “Rated R” sold 181,000 copies to take the No. 4 spot, one ahead of Lady Gaga’s eight-song “The Fame Monster.” Gaga’s “Fame” is at No. 6; Miley Cyrus, Swift, Carrie Underwood and Norah Jones round out the female-heavy top 10.
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