Holiday collection 'The Gift' knocks Swift to No. 2
Age trumped youth last week as Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” ended the two-week reign of Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” at the top of the national album chart.The 49-year-old Scottish vocalist’s Columbia Christmas album, sequel to last year’s smash debut “I Dreamed a Dream,” bowed at No. 1, with first-week sales of 318,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday., Nov. 14 Boyle’s sophomore debut fell well short of her smash 701,000-unit entry last year after her “Britain’s Got Talent” YouTube breakout, but it still handsomely beat 20-year-old Swift’s Big Machine set. “Speak Now” dropped to No. 2, with a 212,000-unit total (off 34%). Collection has already sold more than 1.5 million. Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” (Universal Motown) arrived at No. 3, shifting 169,000 out of the box. Sequel to the rapper’s 2009 debut entered one slot higher than its predecessor. The 36th edition of the hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music!” settled in at No. 4, with first-week sales of 89,000. Package collates singles by Katy Perry, B.o.B., Sara Bareilles, Sugarland and other chart-toppers. Veteran metal-gone-country act Bon Jovi’s new “Greatest Hits” (Island) trailed “Now” by a fraction, coming in at No. 5 with 88,000 sold. Country acts fill the middle of the top 10. Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (Broken Bow) dropped four slots to No. 6 behind an 81,000-unit week (down 58%). Nashville diva Reba McEntire’s “All the Women I Am” (Valory Music) debuted at No. 7, moving 64,000. And Sugarland’s former No. 1 set “The Incredible Machine” dropped five rungs to No. 8, selling 60,000 (up 1%). Gnarls Barkley’s main man Cee-Lo Green, riding high on Web exposure of his radio-unfriendly tune “Fuck You,” came aboard at No. 9 with “The Lady Killer.” R&B vocalist’s Elektra package moved onto the chart with 41,000 sold. Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being” (Cash Money) drifted down five positions to No. 10, selling 35,000 copies and losing 22%. New titles by Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Jackie Evancho, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen and the “Glee” cast will enliven next week’s pre-Black Friday chart.