Holiday shoppers rushed home with new releases from Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole, and Keri Hilson. The R&B artists had the registers and charts ringing during Christmas week.
Jamie Foxx’s third album Best Night of My Life stuffed many a stocking and debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 144,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Oscar winner’s previous effort, 2008’s Intuition, entered at No. 3 with 265,000, while his J Records debut Unpredictable came in at No. 2 with 598,000 in 2005.
Keyshia Cole had Christmas shoppers Calling All Hearts as her fourth album claims the week’s second biggest debut, arriving at No. 9 with 128,000. However, she couldn’t outperform 2008’s A Different Me, which made its entry at No. 2 with 322,000.
Keri Hilson’s heavy promotion schedule pays off as her sophomore effort No Boys Allowed makes merry at No. 11 on the chart, registering 102,000 copies. The female-driven set outsold her debut In a Perfect World…, which moved 94,000 units in its first week in April 2009.
Taylor Swift’s Speak Now closes out the year at No. 1 with 276,000, followed by Susan Boyle’s The Gift which keeps giving at No. 2 (240,000). Michael Jackson’s posthumous release Michael falls to No. 5 (150,000), while Eminem’s Recovery gets boosted to No. 7 (137,000). Not far behind is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday, maintaining its position at No. 8 for a second week (133,000). Rihanna’s Loud rounds out the top 10 at No. 10 with 111,000.