First! As expected, the highly capitalistic combination of the biggest 17-year-old pop star in the world and the biggest holiday in the world gave Justin Bieber’s Christmas disc Under the Mistletoe a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with 210,000 copies sold per Nielsen SoundScan. It’s a better present than a paternity suit no matter how you slice it!
2 Through 10: More than half of the Top 10 consists of fresh releases this week, starting with Wale’s Ambition (164,000), Miranda Lambert’s Four the Record (133,000), and Susan Boyle’s Someone to Watch Over Me (132,000). Adele breaks up the premiere party in No. 5 with a still-impressive 108,000 copies of 21. Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials takes No. 6 (105,000), Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto slips to 7 (104,000), Michael Bublé’s Christmas falls to 8 (89,000), Tyrese’s Open Invitation opens in 9 (76,000), and Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger comes in 10.
But the Real Story is Loutallica, Kids! Here it is — Megadeth’s Th1rt3en sold 42,000 at No. 11… and Metallica and Lou Reed’s maligned collaborative disc Lulu sold 13,000 in 36th place.
Rihanna Has Not Yet Misplaced Love: “We Found Love” is still No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.