'Glee' sales strong; Black Eyed Peas have soft bow

Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” retook the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart last week, as the “Glee” cast claimed two spots in the top 10 and the Black Eyed Peas’ new set made a soft entry.

Boyle’s Columbia Yule set sold 272,000 units in its fourth week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Sunday, Dec. 5. The collection rose two positions and gained 3% in its fourth week, and has topped the 1.1 million unit mark.

The “Britain’s Got Talent” sensation’s collection was among eight albums showing sales of more than 100,000 units for the week, but numbers for most titles reflected post-Black Friday drops. Christmas-themed releases were the only gainers.

Despite a 24% decline, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” (Big Machine) gained two poles, reaching No. 2 with 182,000 sold (down 24%). Country-pop darling’s album has shifted 2.1 million in six weeks.

“America’s Got Talent” moppet Jackie Evancho’s “O Holy Night” (Columbia) was lofted two posts to No. 3, selling 145,000 and gaining 2%.

Columbia sets by the cast of Fox’s “Glee” claimed two positions in the top five. “The Music: The Christmas Album” bounced to No. 4 from No. 10, moving 129,000 and rising 20%. “Glee: The Music, Volume 4″ debuted at No. 5 with a 128,000-unit week; new collection features interpretations of tunes by Katy Perry, Jay-Cee Lo Green and the Beatles.

The Black Eyed Peas’ “The Beginning” (Interscope) made a perplexing bow at No. 6. Latest from the hip-hop/pop quartet sold 119,000 out of the box, a surprisingly quiet debut considering group’s sales of nearly 2.9 million to date for its 2009 opus “The E.N.D.”

Rapper Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), previous week’s No. 1 debut, plunged to No. 7 behind a 78% sales decline, moving 108,000.

Top 10 was rounded out by Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” (No. 8, 103,000 sold, off 73%), Josh Groban’s “Illuminations” (No. 9, 78,000, down 21%) and Rihanna’s “Loud” (No. 10, 77,000, off 45%).

Fresh sets by T.I. and Hinder and the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack are poised to debut on this week’s chart.

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