Boyle`s `Gift` keeps on giving atop chart

Los Angeles: Susan Boyle`s "The Gift" racked up a fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, while jailed rapper T.I.`s streak of chart-topping new releases came to an abrupt end.

Boyle sold 243,000 units of "The Gift" during the week ended December 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its five-week tally stands at 1.43 million copies. Her reign was interrupted by Kanye West`s new album, which slid to No. 14 in its third week.

Taylor Swift`s "Speak Now" held at No. 2 with 201,000 copies, taking its total to 2.3 million after seven weeks.

The "Glee" Christmas album moved up one spot to No. 3 with 193,000 copies, and "Glee, the Music: Season Two: Volume 4" album fell three places to No. 8 with 74,000.

T.I.`s "No Mercy" started at No. 4 with 159,000. It`s his first new studio album to miss the No. 1 slot since 2004, when "Urban Legend" debuted and peaked at No. 10. His last album, 2008`s "Paper Trail," was his third No. 1 album in a row, bowing atop the tally with 568,000 copies.

The second-largest new entry on the Billboard 200 came from Daft Punk and the duo`s score to the upcoming Disney film "Tron: Legacy." The album entered at No. 10 with 71,000, the highest chart position and sales week for the dance music act. Its previous best week came when 2001`s "Discovery" started with 34,000 at No. 44. "TRON: Legacy" is also the first score album to reach the top 10 since 2005, when "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" debuted at No. 6 with 96,000.

Elsewhere, Jackie Evancho`s "O Holy Night" fell two to No. 5 (149,000), Nicki Minaj`s "Pink Friday" jumped two to No. 6 (82,000), Josh Groban`s "Illuminations" was also up two, to No. 7 (75,000), and Rihanna`s "Loud" rose one to No. 9 (71,000).

Overall album sales totaled 10.21 million units, up 11% compared to the previous week, but down 15% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year to date album sales stand at 291.45 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year.

Bureau Report

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