Buble album merry in weak week

'Christmas' still No. 1; only 3 albums sell more than 100,000

Sales of Michael Buble’s “Christmas” stayed merry and bright last week, and the singer’s yule album held onto the No. 1 post on the U.S. album chart for a second consecutive week.

Crooner’s Warner Bros. album saw a 29% bump and maintained its position with a 293,000-unit frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Dec. 4.

Performance of Buble’s set, one of only three gainers in the national top 10, is one of the few positives in a sluggish holiday week that saw just three albums selling more than 100,000 units.

Adele’s “21” (Columbia), stoked anew by the Brit singer’s six Grammy noms last week, rose five slots and reappeared in the top five at No. 2, shifting 144,000 and gaining 2%. Justin Bieber’s Christmas collection “Under the Mistletoe” (Island) rose to No. 3, selling 133,000 (off 11%).

Top five is completed by Drake’s “Take Care” (No. 4, 90,000 sold, off 49%) and Nickelback’s “Here and Now” (No. 5, 78,000, down 66%).

The remainder of the top 10: Mary J. Blige’s “My Life II…The Journey Continues, Act I” (No. 6, 72,000 sold, down 54%), Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” (No. 7, 68,000, off 66%), Andrea Bocelli’s “Concerto” (No. 8, 61,000, down 6%), “Now 40” (No. 9, 48,000, down 27%) and Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” (No. 10, 48,000, up 3%).

Chart should see some much-needed improvement next week with the arrival of the posthumous Amy Winehouse Collection “Lioness” and new albums by T-Pain and the Black Keys.