Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey Top Charts With Holiday Albums

Posted December 1, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Tis’ the season: Susan Boyle and Mariah Carey bring in Christmas season with chart-topping results

Susan Boyle repeats her success by scoring another #1 album on the Billboard 200.

For the week of December 4, Susan Boyle’s The Gift – one-half familiar pop tunes with an inspirational tinge and the other half holiday favorites – reclaimed the top spot for the second time since its debut. Coming in at #2 was the debut release of “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho with her holiday offering, O Holy Night. Recall just last year when Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, dominated the pop charts for the entire month of December due to its inclusion of the Christmas carol like “Silent Night” and hymn favorites like “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” It became the second best-selling album of 2009 in the U.S., with 3.1 million copies sold, right behind Taylor Swift’s Fearless at 3.2 million copies.

For the week of November 20, Mariah Carey made some noise with the debut of her second holiday project, Merry Christmas II You. The album, released on Island, peaked at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking only the second holiday set to top the chart in its 45-year history. In its first week, the album sold 55,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, and is the first holiday album to take the #1 spot on the R&B chart since Kenny G’s Miracles-The Holiday Album in 1994. So far Carey’s Merry Christmas II You has peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200.

Other fresh holiday treats are making noise on the charts including Lady Antebellum’s Target-exclusive EP A Merry Little Christmas (peaking at #17) and Taylor Swift’s Holiday Collection (#20). The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s A Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas comes in at #5 on the Top Gospel Albums chart. And the newest in the NOW! Christmas compilation series, NOW That’s What I Call Christmas 4, comes in at #70; rising from #135 the week before.

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J Matthew Cobb

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