This Susan Boyle lady will not go away. For the fourth week in a row, the former “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant locked up the top spot on Billboard’s Top 200, despite new releases from Alicia Keys and Robin Thicke.
While Boyle claimed the throne, Alicia Keys nabbed the no. 2 spot this week with her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, selling 417,000 copies.
The no. 2 debut breaks Keys’ streak of no. 1 debuts. All four of her previous efforts topped the charts — three studio sets plus an “Unplugged” release. Her last album, As I Am, was released during Thanksgiving week of 2007 and started with 742,000 at no. 1.
The second biggest debut this week comes from Robin Thicke. His new album, Sex Therapy: The Session, opens at no 9, selling 123,000. It’s the singer’s third top 10 set in a row, following The Evolution of Robin Thicke (No. 5 in 2007) and Something Else (No. 3 in 2008).
Other releases in the top tier include: Lady Gaga’s The Fame at no. 6 with 141,000; Michael Jackson’s This Is It lands at no. 11 with 105,000; and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. stops at no. 18 with 82,000 according to ballerstatus.com.