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Taylor Swift Retakes Top Spot on Chart; Michael Jackson Comes in Third

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's album Speak Now has regained the number one spot on the Billboard album chart, for a third non-consecutive week.

Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael had to settle for a number three debut, behind last week's number one, Susan Boyle's The Gift, which falls to number two.

Michael sold 228,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, a total that beat expectations, but still wasn't enough for number one.  Yahoo!'s Chart Beat column points out that Michael marks the first time that an album of new Michael Jackson material hasn't debuted at number one since 1982, when Thriller debuted at number 11.  If Michael never reaches number one, it'll be his first album of new material that hasn't reached the top spot since 1979, when Off the Wall peaked at number three.

According to Jackson's camp, Michael is a smashing success.  They're trumpeting the fact that the album sold over three million copies around the world in one week, and topped the charts in Germany, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.  It's also top five in Japan, the U.K., France, Denmark and Belgium.  Its first-week sales in the U.K. were the highest ever for a Jackson album since Dangerous, nearly 20 years ago.

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Susan Boyle's 'The Gift' Continues at Number One

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Susan Boyle is now the Queen of Christmas, as her seasonal album The Gift stays at number one on the Billboard album chart for a fourth non-consecutive week.  In the five weeks it's been in stores, the album has sold 1.43 million copies.

At the other end of the spectrum is another singer who found fame on a televised talent competition.  After starting at number 19, Live it Up, the debut album from American Idol champ Lee DeWyze, has now fallen to number 133 on the charts.  In one month, the disc has moved just under 72,000 copies.

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Susan Boyle's 'The Gift' Returns to Top; Debut CD Top Album of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Susan Boyle's album The Gift has returned to the number one spot with sales of 272,000 copies this past week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  It's already gone platinum; in fact, it currently ranks in the top-10 best-selling albums of the year, even though it just came out in November.

Meanwhile, Yahoo's Chart Watch reports that Boyle's first album, I Dreamed a Dream, will likely be named Billboard's Top Album of 2010, even though it came out last year.  Billboard's chart year runs from November to November, and that album sold several copies last November and December.

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