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If it was not for Michael Buble and Adele, 2011 might have been a terrible year for the music industry. Nielsen SoundScan’s numbers for this past week only proves the point further. Buble’s Christmas album spent its fifth week straight at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, while Adele’s 21, which is already the best selling album of the year, had its best sales week.
According to Billboard, Christmas sold 467,000 more copies, a 4 percent jump from the previous week. It has now sold 2.43 million copies. Meanwhile, 21, which has sold 5.68 million copies, came in at number two with 399,000 copies, the most since it debuted on the charts 44 weeks ago, when it sold 352,000 copies.
The only new album to crack the top ten was TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition, the fourth album from rapper New Jeezy, according to Reuters. The album came in at number three, selling 233,000 copies.
Under the Mistletoe by Justin Bieber came in at number four, selling another 225,000 copies. Drake’s Take Care rose from number seven to number five with 131,000 sold. Own The Night by Lady Antebellum rounded out the top five with 110,000 sold.
Rihanna’s Talk That Talk re-entered the top ten, coming in at number seven with 99,000 sold. Nickelback’s Here and Now slid to number eight. The Black Keyes’ El Cimino and Now 40 came in at numbers nine and ten, respectively.
The last week of the year does not end until Jan. 1 for Billboard, meaning that Adele still has a chance to sell even more copies before 2011 is over.