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Bieber’s ‘Mistletoe’ opens at No. 1

Christmas album is his third chart-topper in last 18 months

Justin Bieber’s holiday title “Under the Mistletoe” topped the U.S. album chart this week, leading a parade of new titles into the top 10.

The Bieb’s new Island release soared to the apex on first-week sales of 210,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Nov. 6. “Mistletoe” is the teen vocalist’s third No. 1 bow in a little over 18 months, after “My World 2.0” (April 2010) and “Never Say Never: The Remixes” (February 2011).

Rapper Wale blasted off at No. 2 with “Ambition” (Maybach/Warner Bros.), which arrived with 164,000 copies sold. D.C.-bred MC’s full-length debut, 2009’s “Attention Deficit,” peaked at No. 21.

Hot country star Miranda Lambert’s fourth collection, aptly titled “Four the Record” (Sony Nashville), entered at No. 3 with a 133,000-unit stanza. It’s the award-winning singer’s best start to date: Her last album “Revolution” peaked at No. 8. It’s also Lambert’s second album to reach the top five this year: Her side project Pistol Annies’ “Hell on Heels” debuted at No. 5 in August.

Once again brightening retail’s fourth quarter, U.K. singer Susan Boyle’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Columbia) moved in at No. 4 with a 132,000-unit start. The “Britain’s Got Talent” phenomenon topped the chart with her previous two releases; last year’s yule package “The Gift” was the only seasonal set besides Bieber’s new collection to debut at No. 1.

Amid all the debuts, Adele’s “21” (Columbia) still managed a six-figure frame, selling 108,000 (a 1% gain). British thrush’s sophomore set has now sold 4.3 million domestically.

Another sophomore album, Florence & the Machine’s “Ceremonials” (Universal Republic), settled in at No. 6 with 105,000 moved out of the box. U.K. act’s “Lungs” topped out at No. 14.

Week’s other launch was Tyrese’s “Open Invitation” (Voltron), which climbed aboard at No. 9 with 76,000 sold. Entry betters the No. 10 bow of the R&B singer-rapper-actor’s “2000 Watts” a decade ago.

Holdovers on the chart all took significant plunges in their second week. Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” (Capitol), No. 1 last week, dropped to No. 7, selling 104,000 (off 77%). Michael Buble’s “Christmas” (Warner Bros.) fell five slots to No. 8, moving 89,000 (down 37%). Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” (RCA), dropped eight positions to No. 10, shifting 51,000 (off 69%).

Next week’s top chart contenders include the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” soundtrack and the 40th volume of the hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music.”

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