Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream sold 661,000 copies last week, bringing its four-week total to 2,461,000. It's now the second best-selling album of 2009, trailing only Taylor Swift's Fearless, which has sold 2,933,000 copies so far this year. With two chart weeks to go in 2009, will it surpass Fearless, which has a 472,000-unit lead? Place your bets.
I Dreamed A Dream is the first album to top 500,000 in sales in each of its first four weeks since December 2000, when the Beatles' 1 topped 500K in each of its first six weeks and Backstreet Boys' Black & Blue topped it in its each of its first five weeks. That was when the music business was at its peak; when CDs were flying out of record stores (remember them?). Boyle has achieved the feat in a much tougher environment for CD sales.
I Dreamed A Dream also tops the U.K. chart for the fourth straight week. It's the first album to log four or more weeks at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Norah Jones' 2003 smash Come Away With Me.Read More »from Week Ending Dec. 20, 2009: Boyle, Keys & Metallica