Susan Boyle reclaims No. 1 album from Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas start slow

At the beginning of the year, concert ticket sales were slow out of the starting gate for the Black Eyed Peas. Eventually they recovered and started to post sold-out signs, a task they will need to repeat with their new album.

“The Beginning” starts at No. 6 in its first week, selling 119,000 copies, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Their previous disc, “The E.N.D.,” opened in 2009 at No. 1 with nearly three times as many units sold. At that time, however, the single “Boom Boom Pow” was a dominating force in radio, something that cannot be said about the BEP’s current single, “The Time (Dirty Bit).” The single’s sales were up 10 percent this week, selling 198,000 downloads, according to Billboard.

The Black Eyed Peas were also denied the distinction of being the top-selling debut by ” Glee: The Music Vol. 4,” which came in at No. 5 on sales of 128,000 units. The “Glee” Christmas album saw a benefit from the timing of the new release: It rose six slots to No. 4 on sales of 129,000.

Returning to the top spot on the nation’s album sales chart is Susan Boyle’s “The Gift,” which sold 270,000 in the week ended Sunday (12/5). Last week’s No. 1, Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” took a staggering tumble — 78 percent — selling 108,000 copies to land at No. 7.

Christmas albums occupy 68 slots in the top 200 this week. Joining Boyle, Mariah Carey and Jackie Evancho are vintage holiday discs “Christmas with the Chipmunks” (11,000 sold, No. 107); the Carpenters’ “Christmas Portrait” (7,000, No. 149); Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” (7,000, No. 156); Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” (6,000, No. 163); and Dean Martin’s “My Kind of Christmas” (6,000, No. 166).

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