Susan Boyle Crushes the Competition

Susan Boyle, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga

New albums from Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Shakira, and Birdman were all released last week, but they were no competition for Susan Boyle.

The debut album from the former “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant easily grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with 701,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The number gives her the best sales week for an album in the U.S. this year, besting Eminem’s Relapse, which moved 608,000 units in its opening week.

Boyle smashes more than one record. Her album I Dreamed a Dream also marks the best first week for a female artist’s debut since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Ashanti, whose self-titled debut sold 503,000 copies in 2002, previously held the title.

Rihanna scores her best sales week yet with her fourth album Rated R, which opens at No. 4 with 181,000. Her previous effort, 2007′s Good Girl Gone Bad, entered at No. 2 with 162,000.

Lady Gaga unleashes her eight-song EP The Fame Monster at No. 5 with 174,000, while her first album The Fame moves from No. 34 to No. 6 (151,000) based on combined sales of her debut and deluxe packaging of The Fame Monster.

Elsewhere, “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut For Your Entertainment arrives at No. 3 (198,000), Shakira’s She Wolf crawls to No. 15 (89,000), Birdman’s Pricele$$ cashes in at No. 29 (36,000), and his Cash Money cohort Jay Sean lands stateside at No. 33 (31,000) with All or Nothing.



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82 Comments

  1. BiBi

    CONGRATS GAGA AND SUSAN.

    GAGA ACTUALLY SOLD 300K+ THEY JUST DIDN’T COMBINE.

    RIHANNA’S A FLOP.

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    will Reply:

    @BiBi, 181,000 copies isnt flop dumbass. Rihannas album is still gonna be on the billboard for like another 8 months and go on to sell platinum so be mad lol!

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    BiBi Reply:

    @will, lmao your girl FLOPPED get over it !!!!

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    what? Reply:

    @BiBi, what is wrong with coming in at number 4? people have done alot worse

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    Cameo Reply:

    @BiBi, Um pretty sure she didn’t flop. Shes at #4 and beat GaGa. Susan Boyle can go away because she is unoriginal and gross. GaGa I am happy about. But Rihanna did NOT flop. You get over it!

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  2. Sugar Rush

    Susan is just pure HYPE!!! the media made that album sell… nothing against her because she does have a good voice.

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  3. young black and gifted

    hope is it congrats to gaga and rihanna flop when she beats both gaga albums?lol. hate can kill.

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  4. young black and gifted

    finally a blog that actually reports then tries to gets hits by concentrating on whether rihanna floped or not. susan did good and she was on oprah people, what queen oprah says is law. this is susans shine let her have it dnt let the hate and love for rihanna overshadow that.plz.

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  5. Monster

    Rihanna Flop. END.OF.STORY. Combine GaGa’s #

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    Cameo Reply:

    @Monster, Its a re-release. Thats her old combined with new. Durh

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  6. Giselle

    How is Rihanna a flop when that’s her best week sales? and she beat Gaga for the #4 spot.

    Congrats Susan! Seems like the industry finally woke up and realized that it isn’t all about looks. God bless her.

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  7. HMM

    Wow. People are ignorant. 1st week sales doesn’t mean much. It’s about the longevity of your album. If you debut in the top 10 alone, that’s a blessing…

    & congrats to Susan B. for snatching everybody’s wig this week. DAMN 700k?!

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  8. james

    congrats to susan, gaga, and rihanna. LOL at the people calling Rihanna a flop. She is far from a flop.

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  9. richie

    yall called ciara a flop @#3 on billboard wen she really aint a flop. riri #5 thats jus bad were jay-z?? ciara beyonce and alica keys are the only top 3 females were there albums always been #3

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    james Reply:

    @richie, actually ciara was a flop. she only sold 81,000 first week and to date has barely sold 200,000 copies. Rihanna is actually #4 not #5. Actually Britney Spears has also aways had all her albums debut within the top 3.

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    tdkk Reply:

    @james, yet ciara album for the most part charted better than rated r around the world…either way you look at it if numbers really were important than ciara’s 3 albums first week average is still higher than Rihanna’s 4! Instead of knocking ciara just support rihanna.

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    werk! Reply:

    @tdkk,
    you are so right.
    I don’t think Rihanna is a flop and 181K is actually good for her… although some say that she has IMMENSE promotion as well as sympathy so she definitely should have sold more. her stans are so annoying. They are so quick to diss other artist(especially CIARA), when they should be focusing on rihanna.

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  10. ms kayjelly

    i dont think rihanna flops the person who flops and flops hard is shakira lol that album didnt even make the top ten

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  11. parisian girl

    @mskayjelly
    leave shakira alone,lol
    i feel so bad for her,poor girl

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  12. wtf

    dnt trust billboard coz according to hitsdaily, rihanna was number 5..i am gonna side eye them..anyways even if they put rihanna at number 4, gaga still slayed her with combined sales of 325k..yes gaga, slay that biatch of a flop!!!

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    HMM Reply:

    @wtf, you mad?? you worried about her sales more than her. get a life.

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    carmelo Reply:

    @wtf, hits daily’s numbers are not final. billboard uses soundscan for their reporting.

    haters will believe what they want though.

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    james Reply:

    @wtf, hitsdailydouble are not the real numbers. Those are estimates. Final numbers come through soundscan and reported on Billboard. Anyways congrats to gaga and riri.

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    Stop Hatin Reply:

    @wtf, do gaga pay your bills or something? Chill, she not thinking about YOU that hard is she?!?

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  13. tdkk

    honestly first week sales dont mean much a album that sells 600k it’s first week can go to selling 50 k the next and down from there and never reach one million, while a album that sells 75k the first week can eventually over a year or two sell a million or two. GGGB debuted with 160k and went on to sell 2.5 million in the U.S. People are so quick to jump down someone’s throat and call them a flop when they are doing something you can never do. It’s hard selling 10k let alone 50k or more! Most of the top selling albums in history had low first week sells. Congratz to everyone that charted!

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  14. will

    Rihanna is gonna get the last laugh once she drops her other singles off Rated R and they all go number 1 and her album is gonna stay on billboard hot 100 chart for months like GGGB did, just watch. U think cause she didnt get the number #1 album that her album flopped smh do u remember what GGGB did it sold only 162,000 copies first week and went on to sell 7 million worldwide. Do you know how good that is??? apparently not.

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  15. girlygirl.

    GO GAGA!!!

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  16. young black and gifted

    funny the fame the monster was gonna slay rihanna it didnt and nw u combining. let it go. gaga did amazing so did rihanna bt susan destroyed them all lets hope theis numbers stay stable for all of them. im shocked adam didnt crack the 200k… and regarding ciara, what was her first week sales at number 3? and how much did the album sell overall? coz as people are saying first week sales dnt mean shit. we all know rated rihanna wont outsell gggb bt it got better first week sales.

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    tdkk Reply:

    @young black and gifted, again imma say this why knock ciara just support rihanna

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @tdkk, ciara was 125, 000 wit goodies and went 3x platinum. It aint dat serious yall. come back in a yerr and if rated r aint sell a lot , den well talk. And shut up bout ciara, because yall know her album didn’t get what it deserved. People were expectiong it to do better than the evolution in 08 when it was first in talks. Then, all good songs leaked including planned first and second single (“Work” and “High Price”) only “go girl” was leftand it failed. She wasn’t able to release the singles she wanted cus of leaks and because her old management still had some rights to some songs. Plus “never ever” flopped, wat do u expect.

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    tdkk Reply:

    @10 is ciaras, why are you coming at me sideways? Im in support of everyone! Im just saying he or she don’t have to bring down ciara to prove Rihanna’s worth in the music industry some of ya’ll are quite riduclous and some just can’t read!

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  17. Wayne

    Riannas album did flop…dont forget she selled it for 4 dollars on Amazon !!!

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    Cameo Reply:

    @Wayne, As did GaGa’s and other albums. That was for black friday. Your a dumb ass

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  18. young black and gifted

    @wayne wasnt that for a day only?

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  19. young black and gifted

    @wayne stop hating and celebrate that ur artist whoever they are is selling. leave rihanna alone and concerntrate on sumthing that will make u happy.

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  20. will

    Oh yeah let me remind the haters that Rihanna had one of the biggest sales gainers in the history of soundscan. GGGB has now sold 7 million copies worldwide and 2.5 million in the U.S. and only debuted with 162,000 copies. What other artist do u know has done that???

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    Kyle Reply:

    @will, a lot of artists have done that! Fergie, Ciara’s first album, and so many others.

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    10 is ciaras Reply:

    @Kyle,
    Ferdie 160,000- 3x Platinum
    Ciara – 125,000- 3x Platinum

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    100% Nikehead Reply:

    @10 is ciaras your wrong, not 7 million worldwide. They didnt sell 7 million worldwide check there stats again

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  21. 100% Nikehead

    Did yall forget that Rated R leaked 2 weeks before the release and had almost a million downloads in just 4 days. If it werent for the leak we all know how good it would have done.

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    yizzo Reply:

    @100% Nikehead, Ciara’s album leaked 4 months in advance. Poor you and your excuseds

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    BiBi Reply:

    @100% Nikehead, Umm Beyonce’s album leaked two weeks before released and she also but it on myspace the prior week and still sold 486k the first week.

    RIHANNA = FLOP FLOPPY FLOP !!

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    100% Nikehead Reply:

    @BiBi, Ciaras whole album did not leak 4 months in advance lets be real. Some songs from the album did then she went back into the studio to record more thats why the album kept getting pushed back. But it still flopped it didnt even hit 100k in the first week. Womp Womp Womp

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  22. SusaFan

    Way to go Susan. Blow everyone else outof the water.

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  23. d

    she sold it for 99cent. rihanna is a flop.

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  24. Tori

    This is Rihanna’s 4th album, her sales should have been better period (250,00+). As popular as she is, it just didn’t translate this time into sales. Does that mean her album won’t be a overall hit, no, she still has time. But on the other hand she is already on single number 4, I expect a re-release soon.

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  25. yeah

    lol all albums leaked what’s ya point. ciara album was on the internet a year bf it came out and flopped in US yet she did her best sales overseas in her career.

    flop is not #s along its determined based on your promotion cost vs your sales. rihanna is in the black. amerie made more money for defjam this year. lmao the bish has fluke hit singles and now she doen’t even have that. it’s downhill from here boys

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  26. young black and gifted

    @d as a special for a day. and u people are using it as means to put her down. point is 181000 people want to buy her album in the first week live with it.

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  27. Kyle

    I remember when I heard Rihanna’s album was coming out on Super Monday over a month ago I thought she was going to do well over 300K. Since 2007 she has turned into a high-class diva and this album only opens at 180K? I have to say that I’m shocked. Not quite considered a flop, but I must say it’s a disappointment.

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  28. SuBo4EVER

    SUSAN BOYLE IS THE QUEEN OF POP!!!!!!!

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  29. Aton

    Yeah, Rihanna has never had big first week sales though. If Def Jam and Cash Money (for Jay Sean) release the right singles, then their albums shuld be alright.

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  30. Mike

    RATED R = FLOP

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  31. dr

    damn thas a shame but its well deserved i love em all!!!!

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  32. Harlem girl

    Forget Rihanna, Beyonce, A. Keys, Ciara, Gaga, Britney, and the rest of them…Ashanti was the last female artist with a big #’s on a debut album in the first week, wowwww. Damn Ashanti needs to get back in the game.

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  33. Catie

    I don’t think Rihanna’s album is a flop but let’s be honest, those numbers are definitely disappointing to her and her label. This is her fourth studio and the promotion for it was insane so to sell less than 200k is not impressive. The hype for the project was also there.

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  34. Brooklyn

    Rihanna had 10x more promo than Susan Boyle + Adam Lambert and she couldn’t even sell 200,000 copies. FLOP! I’m sorry to be that obnoxious but it’s true.

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  35. Jason

    Nobody that hits the top 10 could be considered a flop for christs sake!! The deal is, does the person have a strong and loyal enough fan base to warrent a tour, another album and consistent engagments. Look at Muse, they never hit top #5 but they have a huge fan base world wide and are doing just fine!! You don’t have to hit #1 or stay high to be successful folks.

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  36. Jenn

    Way to go SB!! Congratulations to Adam Lambert for debuting at #3. Amazon screwed him a little by running his album at $3.99 for a few days because nothing under 50% of value gets counted for the charts. Oh well he did great!! He definately has a a very loyal fan base. I wish they would announce when he is going on tour!! The album is fantastic. If you haven’t heard it you really should give it a good listen – it keeps getting deeper and more fantastic with each listen because of the vocal intricacies and fusion of genres.

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  37. Brandon

    I’m happy for susan, i dunno her but i’m glad she was out there grinding heavy!…But it does bug me out when people say things that aren’t true…MJB breakthorugh sold over 600k in it’s first week, britney spearss did it a few times and ashanti’s debut did as well…I’m proud of rihanna, she got extra famous fast and people don’t know what thats like can u imagine people ridiculing everyday, like yall are doing…N to boot everyone of her albums exept one went platinum, n the one that didnt go platinum went gold…so i’m sure she’s not sweating it…Support who u wanna support, but if u have nothing positive to say…ya’ll kno the rest…

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  38. HAAAAA

    i hate when people i dont even know off do better than the ones i do listen 2 lol…BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS LOL….they all did okay i guess…i think shakira did okay she did better than jay and birdman…

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  39. jamie

    the reason susan boyle sold was becoz she attracts to the older audience who buy cds but people lyk rihanna are luvd by teenagers who just download it illegaly..

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  40. Cameo

    People are missing the bigger picture. Think of how many illegal downloads are happening. Susan Boyle’s sales are all based on older adults who actually bought same with Andrea… If there wasn’t illegal downloading they would have probably beat out both of them. Rihanna and GaGa are amazing. Stop saying Rihanna is a flop… Jay Sean and Birdman are flops

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  41. I Heart Music

    ATTENTION:
    Those of you who combine Gaga sales are dumb lol If you reread the paragraph about her it says that the ep the eight tracks from The Fame Monsters sold 174,000 which also includes the numbers from the deluxe edition and The Fame (her debut album) sold 151,000 which is also counted with any purchases of the deluxe edition that why she listed as 5 and 6…So in truth the combined number is 174,000 from both deluxe and the ep so combining the sales and getting this outragous 300,000+ is actually dead wrong

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  42. Mothernature

    @haters at least GaGa can sell 300k in one week with two different albums. Rihanna should have sold more with all the hype and expensive Promo.The album was 3.99 and 99cents.And her fans say she will sell one million in a week.

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  43. riri defender

    a flop is when yu sell 81000 thousand in the first week like that bull shyt ciara did but i could have sworn when yu beat out yur pass record yur cd is sucess…….i swear people sound so ignorant

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    werk! Reply:

    @riri defender,
    you are not getting the point. Rihanna has had SO much hype with this album; her countless promotions, 20/20 interview, sympathy from white media, etc and also she’s an established artist(unlike Boyle and Lambert) so her numbers, atleast outside the U.S.(since you stans claim she’s so international), should’ve been so much better. she debuted #16 in U.K…seriously.

    Ciara fans on here aren’t even dissing rihanna, they are defending her, and yet you are on here talking about how Ciara flopped. this isn’t even about Ciara.

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    tell'em Reply:

    @riri defender, lol. That is true. Atleast Rihanna is selling more with each release. Can’t say that about a lot of artists these days.

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  44. 10 is ciaras

    tried to help rihanna, but hell no. Rihanna picked the right singles and everything went as planned and still flopped. FR had so many screw ups, dats y it floped. There IS a difference

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  45. Yogi

    Why are some people so focus on 1st week sales. As long as you put out good music is all that matters. Just because your 1st week sales was not huge does not mean it will not do well in the long run.

    Susan has a middle aged to older fanbase who will go out and buy album vs downloading like this young generation.

    Def Jam cheated and came across desperate buy selling Ri album for.99 just like they did with Chrisette.

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  46. Marquis a huge ciara fan

    WOW RIHANNA..BUT SHE DID GOOD THO WITH 180;000 THATS GOOD I MEAN THE 4 IS NOT SO GOOD BUT THE NUMBER IS…I LOVE RIHANNA!

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  47. SouLKid

    The fact is, RiRi has sold more with each album, while other artists go downhill from their most accomplished albums.
    Rated R has more first week sales than GGGB(which was considered her breakout album) so i still dont get why people are calling it a flop when its her personal best.

    And stop with the Ciara/Rihanna comparison. I’d rather be no.100 with 160/181k than no.3 with 80k?

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    nonamer Reply:

    @SouLKid,
    well if i was L.A Reid then i’ll probably be happier with the artist that sold 180K first week vs the one who sold 81K.. since the label profits from album sales(artists mainly profit from concerts/tours and singles). But I’d rather be the artist with 81K without having to sell my album for 3.99/.99 cents online and No. 3 on Hot 100….

    just a personally opinion.

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  48. puffy

    I predict Breezy is gonna sell 100,000 or more he might not out sell Rihanna but thats because of his sitauation of course whih isn’t really fair its his talent that matters and that boy has hella talent still if you say he doesn’t you are in denial.

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  49. riri defender

    people sayin rihanna had so much publicty she did a interview and had 2 conerts bfore her albom came out and?released promo pics and video.. ciafa dressed up as a ciara and had mtv commercials and

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  50. riri defender

    she did just as much promo she just didnt have a domestic violence situation and i guess we aere forgeting how many fans riri lost afta 20/20 ciara a good artist but riri sold her projected album sell

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  51. Honesty

    RIhanna should have done better her cd was a flop and def jam should be mad with all the money they put behind her. No other artist gets as much attention from the label as her. 180,000 is horrible numbers saying the big platform she had from gggb she spent too much time being famous and not working on her singing and stage presence. She is a singles artist but she can’t even get a hit after releasing three songs. Ppl r tired of her her style is getting ugly and out of control her reign is letting up

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    regg Reply:

    @Honesty, i guess that why she has 15 top 20 hits already includin two songs she realeased off rated are she does have stage presence jus because she dosent try to be the nexx beyonce or janet people just say she dry if ery body hate her so much i mean
    y do yuh give her publicity by commentin on her stuffff…….thats weird………… she cant get a hit last time i checked yu dont have one either…. and she only released two songs to radio and te amo was a hit when it was leaked in brazil what artist yu know do that

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  52. NYC BOI

    WOW all this HATE bein thrown @ CIARA!! GROW UP!! CIARA CAME IN NUMBER 3 with album sales sooo wat!! Even if Ciara came in #3 wit 81K her album was always sold on-line for $9.99 & deluxe $12.99…CIARA still came in #10 in th UK! Rihanna was .99 on black Friday & then stood $3.99 that’s less than half the price of Ciara’s FANTASY RIDE! & FANTASY RIDE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE PRE-ORDERED EVERYWHERE! Ciara’s album WAS leaked a YEAR before! Trust me I know! I didn’t even graduate HIGH SCHOOL yet wen I heard her first tracks in MARCH 2008 then her album came out MAY 2009! I knew each & every song that was on the album! I still bought it though because that’s wat FANS DO!! & RIHANNA HAD HEAVIER PROMO THAN CIARA! plus GOOD MORNING AMERICA TODAY SHOW + 20/20! & I SAW HER ALBUM PICTURE & INFO ON THE buses in NYC! soo PLEASE LEAVE CIARA OUTTA THIS! & CONGRATS CICI ON THE GRAMMY NOM!!! U DESERVE IT! CIARA = 2010

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  53. carlos

    ok first of all leave ciara alone thats my baby she the best stuff out there. for all the dumb asses never ever did not flop bc it was #9 in r&B charts plus u cant rely on the hot100 bc its race baised its hard for black artists to reach #1 for some reason thats why the r &b chart is much accurate. plus ciara sold 338,00 copies with evolution and debuted #1. fantasy ride debuted at #3 so i dont know wat yall talkin about flop when rihanna debuted at 4. maybe fantasy ride was less successful in the us but very successful international. Keep doing ur thang cici Love u forever and 2010 will be your year wifey!

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  54. james adams

    riri album was not a flop. to sell 181.000 is not bad and it’s better sales than gggb.but it is disappointing to sell that much with her being a big name and all. i also think she or the label pick a bad week with lady gaga,jay sean,birdman,and adam lambert coming out with albums the same week.it might have benifit her to push the album up or even back.

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