Week Ending Dec. 11, 2011. Albums: Naughty & Nice
I managed to get hold of Santa's list and I'm here to tell you who has been naughty and nice this year. Michael Buble, The Black Keys and Andrea Bocelli have apparently been very nice, judging by their rewards on this week's chart. Buble's Christmas sold 479K copies this week, which is the largest tally for a non-debuting album since Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream sold 510K in its fifth week two years ago. The Black Keys' El Camino sold 206K, nearly three times as many as the 73K that the duo's previous album, Brothers, sold in its first week. And Bocelli has two albums scaling this week's top 20, his current Concerto: Live In Central Park and his 2009 album My Christmas.
You already know about Adele, who must have been saintly this year, judging by her haul of gifts. 21 sold 187K copies this week, which pushes it over the 5 million mark. It's the first album to sell 5 million copies in a calendar year since Usher's Confessions sold 7,979,000 copies in 2004. In addition, Adele's DVD Live At Royal Albert Hall sold 80,000 copies this week, bringing its two-week total to 177,000. That's already more than any other video has sold in a calendar year since 2009, when three Michael Jackson videos sold more than 200K copies during the year. (The best-selling music video of 2010, Beyonce's I Am…World Tour, sold 139K copies that year.)
OK, now for the fun part. Who has been naughty? Mary J. Blige and Daughtry may have been transgressed. Blige's sequel to her hit album My Life drops from #6 to #21 in its third week. Daughtry's third album, Break The Spell, drops from #12 to #29 in its third week. Susan Boyle is also on the "naughty list." Her Someone To Watch Over Me, which spent just three weeks in the top 10, drops from #16 to #23 in its sixth week.
Three acts with a history of making the top 10 fell short of the top 10 this week, victims of the holiday crush of product. The Roots' Undun debuts at #17. This is the group's first album to miss the top 10 since Phrenology in 2002. Robin Thicke's Love After War bows at #22. This is the blue-eyed-soul star's first album to miss the top 10 since A Beautiful World in 2003. T-Pain's Revolver bows at #28. T-Pain's soft debut is surprising because his single, "5 O'Clock," is a big hit.