First! Michael Bublé's Christmas spent its second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a spot the'll probably have on lock until the calendar flips to 2012. The Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, and Korn might pose a challenge to Bublé next week, but since this is the holiday season, Christmas seems entrenched at No. 1, especially after it sold another 293,000 copies last week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, that's a 29 percent increase over its Black Friday sales. That jump was about the only good news on the charts this week, as even all those albums nominated for Grammys failed to show big returns after being honored. Well, besides Adele.
2 Through 10 Adele's unstoppable 21 jumped back into the Top Five, rising from No. 7 to No. 2 with another 144,000 sold. Another seasonal disc, Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe, jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 (133,000), despite a 29 percent decrease from its Black Friday week. Amazingly, in one of the last weeks before Christmas, only these three albums moved more than 100K copies.
The rest of the Top 10 featured Drake's Take Care at No. 4 (90,000), Nickelback's Here and Now (78,000) sliding from No. 2 to No. 5, Mary J. Blige's My Life II ... The Journey Continues, Act I at No. 6 (72,000), and Rihanna's Talk That Talk stumbling to No. 7 (66,000). Andrea Bocelli's Concerto, Now 40, and Lady Antebellum's Own the Night rounded out the Top 10.
Notable New Arrivals: Umm, none...
Surprisingly Weak New Arrivals: The major labels wasted all their big releases on Black Friday, so the top debut on the Billboard 200 doesn't appear until way down at No. 23, where Trey Songz' Inevitable EP entered the chart (27,000). That was one of two rookies in Top 50; Hot Chelle Rae's Whatever landed at No. 48. Sad, sad week.
It Will Rain $1.29 Downloads on iTunes: Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" was the week's biggest digital single with 166,000 downloads. Rihanna's "We Found Love" settled for No. 2, followed by LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It."