Week Ending Dec. 18, 2011. Albums: Buble Dreamed A Dream
Michael Buble's Christmas this week becomes the first album in two years to sell 400,000 copies in a week more than once. The album sold 448K copies this week, down just a tick from last week's tally of 479K. The last album to do this was Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream, which topped 400K five weeks in a row in 2009. This week's hefty sales enables Buble's album to move up from #4 to #3 on the year-to-date chart. It's just 66K copies behind the #2 album for the year-to-date, Lady Gaga's Born This Way. With two more weeks left in this chart year, Buble is a lock to finish at #2 for the year, behind Adele's 21. This will be only the second time in Nielsen SoundScan history (which dates to 1991) that foreign-born acts have had both of the year's top two albums. In 1996, the top two albums were Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Celine Dion's Falling Into You.
Buble's album tops The Billboard 200 for the fourth week. That's one of the five longest runs at #1 for a holiday album in the 66-year year history of the pop album chart. Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas had the longest run at #1 (a remarkable 39 weeks, from 1945 into 1957). It's followed by Josh Groban's Noel (five weeks in 2007), Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album (four weeks in 1957-1958), Susan Boyle's The Gift (four weeks in 2010) and now Buble's album.
Buble's album also regains the #1 spot in the U.K. It's the first holiday album to log multiple weeks at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. The only previous Christmas album to reach #1 in both countries, Boyle's The Gift, spent just one frame on top in the U.K.
Buble's album has sold 286K digital copies in the U.S., which makes it the best-selling holiday album in digital history. It tops Vince Guaraldi Trio's 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, which has sold 280K digital copies. Buble's album sold nearly 45K digital copies this week, which puts it back at #1 on the weekly Digital Albums chart.
One final note on Buble: He tops the 15 million mark in career album sales in the U.S. this week.
Adele's 21 rebounds from #3 to #2 on The Billboard 200. This is its 13th week at #2. It has also logged 13 weeks at #1. The excellent "Set Fire To The Rain" is streaking up the Hot 100 and will contend for #1 early in the new year.
Amazingly, 21 has yet to top 400K in weekly sales. It has topped 200K in weekly sales just twice: in its first week, when it sold 352K copies, and this week, when it sold 277K copies. The album will have two more chances to top 400K in weekly sales: next week, which will cover the final shopping week before Christmas, and in February, the week after an all-star tribute to Adele airs on nationwide TV. You may know it by its alternate name, the Grammy Awards.