We all knew this moment was coming, but now it’s really here: Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream is no longer the No. 1 album in the country, for the first time since just after Thanksgiving. That honor goes instead to Ke$ha, who bowed atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with 152,000 copies sold of her Animal, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Boyle sold 93,000, small potatoes for her after the past few weeks, but good enough for No. 2.
Ke$ha’s was the only new release that made it into this week’s Top 20. The next-highest chart debut came from Idol alum Katharine McPhee down at No. 27, with a weak 15,000 copies sold of her Unbroken.
A few other notable chart performances: Rihanna hasn’t yet found a new smash single, but she’s showing staying power on the albums chart. Rated R climbed to No. 11 (from No. 14 last week) with 27,000 in new sales. Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew is hanging on, too, selling an additional 26,000 copies of We Are Young Money for a No. 13 finish. And Lady Antebellum continue to sell loads of their self-titled 2008 debut; with their next album due in just a couple of weeks, their old one moved another 24,000 units to place at No. 17.
How long do you think Ke$ha will last at the top? Could Boyle come roaring back, or has she seen her final week at No. 1? Make your predictions below.
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