12.16.2009 Uncategorized

Susan Boyle Thwarts Off New Releases

Susan Boyle continues her winning streak, fending off all those who cross her path. New releases from Chris Brown, Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, and the Clipse were no match for the “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up.

Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, holds onto the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the third week in a row, pulling in another 582,000 copies. It is expected to remain No. 1 next week despite new releases from Alicia Keys and Robin Thicke.

Chris Brown returns to the charts with Graffiti, his first album since 2007, which debuts at No. 7, selling 102,000 in its first week. The numbers mark Brown’s lowest debut of his career. His sophomore album, Exclusive, entered at No. 4 with 294,000 units, while his self-titled debut opened at No. 2 in 2005 with 154,000.

Meanwhile, Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna slides down the charts. Her fourth effort Rated R fell from No. 14 to No. 25 with 50,000 in its third week of release.

Not even prison can hold down Gucci Mane, whose Asylum/Warner Bros. Records debut The State vs. Radric Davis locks in at No. 10 (90,000).

Also new to the charts this week are Snoop Dogg’s Malice N Wonderland, which bows at No. 21 (59,000), Timbaland’s Shock Value II at No. 32 (39,000), and the Clipse’s ’Til The Casket Drops at No. 41 (31,000).