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Who Charted? 631,000 People Love the Drake

Young Money MC nets third-best opening sales week of 2011

First! Young Money MC Drake debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, notching the third-best sales week of the year with 631,000 copies of Take Care sold, per Nielsen SoundScan. But he rapped about selling more at the American Music Awards Sunday night when sales estimates were a wee bit higher: “If we talkin’ ’bout the numbers / Man, it look like 700, they know,” he ad libbed during “Headlines.” Consolation prize: this total is more than 200,000 higher than his opening tally for last year’s Thank Me Later.

2 Through 10: Michael Bublé’s Christmas sold an impressive 165,000 in No. 2, and Adele’s 21 moved 113,000 in 3. Andrea Bocelli’s Concerto: One Night in Central Park debuted next (87,000), followed by Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe (84,000), new arrival Glee, The Music: The Christmas Album, Volume 2 (71,000), Now! 40 (71,000), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 soundtrack (61,000), Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto (54,000), and Susan Boyle’s Someone to Watch Over Me (52,000). It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas shopping season.

Mac Attack: Mac Miller’s improbable No. 1 first week has turned into a more probable No. 24 second week with 25,000 copies of Blue Slide Park sold.

Another Accolade for Adele: Earlier this year, Katy Perry tied Michael Jackson’s record of earning five No. 1 singles from one album, and now Adele has surpassed one of the King of Pop’s milestones. Billboard reports that the British singer just scored her 39th straight week in the Top 5, which is one more week than MJ’s Bad hung around the top of the chart in 1987.

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