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'Hope for Haiti Now' benefit expected to top albums chart

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They asked, you gave: The all-star Hope for Haiti Now telethon that aired last Friday night has raised more than $61 million in charitable donations, according to a press release sent out yesterday. The benefit album collecting all the telethon performances from Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bono and the Edge, and everyone else posted very strong digital sales over the weekend, too — so much so that Hope for Haiti Now is already confidently projected to top the Billboard 200 album sales chart with around 150,000 units sold when those results are released tomorrow morning. So long, Susan Boyle. (She would likely have climbed back to the No. 1 spot if not for the Haiti benefit album; she’s now projected to remain at No. 2.)

That’s all the more impressive since the Hope for Haiti Now album can be bought only as a download, not a CD in stores. This will mark the first time that a digital-only album has topped the Billboard 200 in the 54 years since that chart began.

Did you buy the Hope for Haiti Now set online? Are you impressed by how many people bought these tunes for charity? Let us know in the comments.

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