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Alicia Keys enters charts strong, but Susan Boyle remains unstoppable

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Alicia Keys made her long-awaited arrival on the charts this week and moved a quite respectable 405,000 copies of The Element of Freedom… but join me in a collective chorus of “that’s nice, dear” as we applaud reigning Billboard queen Susan Boyle, whose I Dreamed a Dream sits atop the pile once more. Her 659,000 copies add to a total that has now whipped past 2.5 million, and has a more-than-decent chance of overtaking Taylor Swift‘s Fearless for the biggest-selling album of the year. (As though they heard the call, Swift’s fans rose up and consumed that album in bigger numbers than usual this week, giving the young superstar another 230,000 reasons to celebrate this Christmas.)

Keys also holds the honor of knocking Andrea Bocelli out of the No. 2 spot, but his My Christmas held on at No. 3 with another 385,000 copies sold. The only other debut in the Top 10 was Robin Thicke, who racked up 120,000 sales of Sex Therapy. And the juggernauts of Lady Gaga (a combined 234,000 for Fame/Fame Monster) and Glee (soundtracks 1 and 2 combined for sales of 194,000) rolled on.

Do you think Boyle can best Swift atop the year-end charts? Did you buy any of this week’s chart winners as gifts — for yourself or for others? And any chance Mary J. Blige can knock off Boyle next week?

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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