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Winners and losers on a crowded album release date

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Music industry executives had lots to be grateful for this Thanksgiving as the crowded slate of album releases on Nov. 23 brought out fans in droves. But whom, exactly, were they thanking? Here’s a rundown of which artists outdid expectations — and which ones underwhelmed.

WINNERS:

Susan Boyle
The week’s undisputed champ notched the year’s hugest debut with 701K copies sold of I Dreamed a Dream, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Andrea Bocelli
The Italian tenor’s weeks-old My Christmas snagged second place with 218K, in a rare example of an album’s sales actually increasing with time.

Lady Gaga
She sold 174K copies of the new Fame Monster EP, putting her in fourth. Combine that with the haul from her rereleased 2008 debut, The Fame (featuring the same new tracks), and Gaga’s racked up an impressive 325K.

IN BETWEEN:

Adam Lambert
He moved a solid 198K units of For Your Entertainment despite (or because of?) his American Music Awards appearance and the resulting fallout.

Rihanna
Her publicity tour for Rated R resulted in an okay-not-great 181K copies sold.

LOSERS:

Shakira
The She Wolf singer managed to sell a middling 89K copies (15th place), a disappointment for an album that was repeatedly delayed.

Kris Allen
After a weak opening, Allen’s self-titled debut fell out of the top 20, selling a meager 33K in week 2. With his American Idol runner-up Lambert doing better, that’s gotta hurt.

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