Tyro singer Ke$ha snapped Susan Boyle’s six-week run at No. 1 as her debut album “Animal” roared to the top of the U.S. album chart.
The 22-year-old vocalist — whose party anthem “Tik Tok” recently sold a record 610,000 digital copies in a week — moved 152,000 copies of her RCA/Kemosabe debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week of Jan. 4-10.
Ke$ha’s first-week numbers trump the 93,000 units sold by Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” (Syco/Columbia), which dipped to No. 2 as sales declined 32%.
Boyle, the 48-year-old “Britain’s Got Talent” phenom, shifted less than 100,000 for the first time since her set’s late-November release. Boyle’s sales have been boosted by older-demo CD buyers during the holiday season.
The other three femme performers in the top five also were shoved down one notch by Ke$ha’s arrival.
Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (Interscope) fell to No. 3, selling 66,000 (down 20%). The flamboyant pop-dance vocalist’s mini-album “The Fame Monster” also hung in the top 10, falling one position to No. 10 with 31,000 sold (a 30% decline).
Alicia Keys’ “The Element of Freedom” (J Records) fell to No. 4, dipping 22% and scanning 62,000, while Mary J. Blige’s “Stronger With Each Tear” (Geffen) lapsed by 25% and dropped to No. 5, shifting 47,000.
Other titles in the top 10 registered minor moves in a traditionally tepid January sales week.Rhino’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks” soundtrack gained one post at No. 6, selling 44,000 (down 13%). Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” (Big Machine) dropped two rungs to No. 7, reaping sales of 38,000 (off 36%). The Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” (Interscope) held at No. 8, tracking 36,000 units (down 24%). And Justin Bieber’s “My World” (Island) fell three slots to No. 9 with sales of 34,000 (off 34%).
A new album by Vampire Weekend leads likely candidates for a top-10 entry next week.
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