Scottish singer's Christmas collection holds on to No. 1 spot

With nothing even close to a challenger in sight, Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” sat tight at the top of the U.S. album chart last week.

The Scottish vocalist’s Christmas collection sold 243,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday, Dec. 12. The Columbia set declined 10% but still had enough muscle to maintain its lock on No. 1.

Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” (Big Machine) held steady at No. 2, rising 10% with a 201,000-unit week. Thanks to the album’s strong start of more than 1 million units its first week, Swift’s sales cume has now topped 2.3 million.

The “Glee” cast’s “The Music: Christmas” (Columbia) saw a hearty 49% gain last week and rose one position to No. 3, moving 193,000. The Fox show continues to account for two entries in the top 10.

T.I.’s “No Mercy” (Atlantic) was one of only two albums to bow in the top 10 for the week. Collection arrived at No. 4 with first-week sales of 159,000. His previous three releases all entered at No. 1.

Solid-but-not-great debut is probably cold comfort for the troubled rapper: T.I. was recently returned to prison for 11 months after a probation violation on a prior weapons charge conviction.

Holdovers with softening sales filled out the next five chart slots: Jackie Evancho’s “O Holy Night” (No. 5, 149,000 units sold, up 3%), Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” (No. 6, 82,000, down 21%), Josh Groban’s “Illuminations” (No. 7, 75,000, off 3%), “Glee: The Music, Vol. 4″ (No. 8, 74,000, down 42%) and Rihanna’s “Loud” (No. 9, 71,000, off 8%).

The Daft Punk soundtrack for Disney’s much-hyped “Tron Legacy” (Disney/Buena Vista) crept in at No. 10 with 71,000 sold. Set could get a bump next week after pic’s Friday opening.

Michael Jackson’s posthumous popularity will be put to the test on the next frame, as “Michael,” the collection of unreleased tracks, reached stores this week.

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