'I Dreamed a Dream' #1 for fourth consecutive week

Scottish vocal sensation Susan Boyle continues her stay at the top of the U.S. album chart, as her debut “I Dreamed a Dream” marks its fourth straight week at No. 1.

Still selling at a torrid clip, the Syco/Columbia set moved 661,000 copies (a 14% week-to-week gain) in the Christmas run-up, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Dec. 20. Boyle’s American sales have topped 2.4 million within a month.

Despite a run of media exposure fueled by her ubiquitous New York homage “Empire State of Mind,” Alicia Keys’ new “The Element of Freedom” was unable to unseat Boyle’s album in its first week. Pop/R&B singer’s J Records collection enters at No. 2, logging a solid 417,000-unit debut.

“My Christmas,” Andrea Bocelli’s Xmas champ, drops one peg to No. 3, selling 390,000; the tenor’s Decca set slipped a slight 3%.

Country-pop darling Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” (Big Machine) surpasses the 5 million unit plateau this week, holding at No. 4 with 239,000 sold (up 42%). Country singer Carrie Underwood’s “Play On” (19/Arista Nashville) also maintains its slot at No. 5, shifting 153,000 (up 44%).

Dance-pop queen Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (Interscope) hangs tough at No. 6, lofting 37% with 141,000. Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love” (Warner Bros.) picks up 53% and rises two positions to No. 7, moving 140,000. Teen dream Justin Bieber’s “My World” (Island) sits tight at No. 8, selling 127,000 and gaining 31%.

Soulful popster Robin Thicke logs the week’s other top 10 bow, as his “Sex Therapy: The Experience” (Interscope) moves on board at No. 9 with a 123,000-unit opening stanza.

Columbia’s second volume of music from the hit Fox show “Glee” drops 36% and falls seven chart rungs to No. 10, reaping 111,000 buyers in its second week.

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