After a week of estimations, erroneous stories and Rihanna discounts, the final numbers have been released for this weeks music sales and it looks like Simon Cowell is laughing all the way to the bank.
His star off the hit family reality show, “Britain’s Got Talent” Susan Boyle has the number one album in the country selling a staggering 670k units. Boyle’s, I Dreamed a Dream shattered Eminem’s previous year-high mark for first-week sales of Relapse, which moved 608k back in May and also beat Ashanti’s record for a debut album by a female, set back in April, 2002.
The controversy over Adam Lambert’s debut album, For Your Entertainment didn’t seem to compromise his position on the charts, as the staunch homosexual made an impressive cannon ball like splash with 198k copies.
America still seems to be Gaga for Lady G, as the androgynous songstress managed to secure not one, but two albums in the top ten. Her eight-song, Fame Monster effort for Interscope debuts at #4 with 181k, while the newly released deluxe edition of Fame is up a whopping 398% to #7, with 144k.
However the biggest loser of the week definitely goes to Def Jam Princess Rihanna. With arguably the most press received by any star in 2009, her new album Rated R couldn’t touch Susan Boyle’s numbers – which some would say makes it a failure- came in at a disappointing 5th place with 180k units sold.
This is a particularly damaging blow as word is rapidly spreading that IDJ/Def Jam head LA Ried will be ousted by years end for severely under performing as of late.
With brand new releases from Alicia Keys, Chris Brown and Andre Bocelli on the horizon,I think it’s safe to say that Rihanna will be bumped from the top ten come this time next week.
Personally, I loved “Rated R”. I was never a Rihanna fan until I heard it. But it’s clear that though she garnered critical acclaim from the project, the theme proved to be too dark for consumers.
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