News: Eminem's "Relapse" First-Week Record Broken, UK Reality Star's Debut Moves Over 700K

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 10:12AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Eminem's Relapse has lost its title as the biggest first-week opener of the year to United Kingdom reality star Susan Boyle whose I Dreamed a Dream moved over 700,000 copies this week.

According to Nielsen Soundscan, the singer's debut tops all 2009 releases.

Scottish singer Susan Boyle, known for appearing on "Britain's Got Talent" reality show, has debuted atop the charts at I Dreamed a Dream secured the number one spot this week. The international star's debut has sold 700,800 after one week in stores. (Sales Wrap)

Online reports last week suggested Em would likely settle for having the second best record of 2009.

U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle's dreams, as her album "I Dreamed A Dream" is blowing up way beyond sales expectations. Label and distribution executives, meanwhile, project that based on early sales returns at the big box stores and pre-orders at direct marketers like Amazon and QVC, Boyle's album is in contention to beat this year's top debut-week seller, Eminem's "Relapse." That title scanned 608,000 units in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That week also represents the best overall sales week for an album this year. (Billboard)

Early calculations also showed Boyle out-selling Rihanna's comeback effort, Rated R.

That's right, folks, the team of Barnett and Boyle, as in Columbia's fearless leader Steve, will be #1 next week with a total that right now appears more than 600k and, dare we say it, could go even higher. Def Jam/IDJ's Rihanna, whose new album Rated R has been getting stellar reviews in the L.A. and N.Y. Times and Rolling Stone, is on line for 180-200k. A couple of Cash Money/Universal Republic acts in Jay Sean and Birdman are the other new releases, both trending in the 30-35k range. (Hits Daily Double)

Last landing in Top 50 in early October, Em's new album has sold over a million copies to date.

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's Relapse is still making noise on the charts as it moves down five slots to even things out at No. 50 with 12,100. Headed into his 21st week, the rapper's comeback album has moved 1,461,500 records to date. (Sales Wrap)

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