Michael Buble Tops Billboard 200 With ‘Christmas’ Album
In a week full of strong new entries that included Rihanna‘s ‘Talk That Talk,’ a month-old holiday record from Michael Buble tops the Billboard 200. The pop crooner’s ‘Christmas’ album inches up to No. 1, becoming his third chart-topper.
Buble edges out Nickelback‘s ‘Here and Now’ by the slimmest of margins. Both albums moved approximately 227,000 copies, with ‘Christmas’ selling slightly over that number and the Canadian rock group falling just short of that total.
Buble’s album primarily features Christmas standards, like ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,’ ‘White Christmas,’ and a remake of Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You.’ Billboard notes that with Justin Bieber‘s ‘Under the Mistletoe’ also having topped the chart a few weeks back, this is the first year since 1957 that two different No. 1 holiday albums made it to No. 1.
Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ takes the No. 3 spot on the chart with sales of 197,000, a figure that would be enough to reach No. 1 in most weeks. Shockingly, RiRi has yet to earn a No. 1 album. ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ peaked at No. 2, while ‘Loud’ hit No. 3 and ‘Rated R’ stopped at No. 4.
Also worth noting: Adele‘s ’21′ drops to No. 7, falling out of the Top 5 for the first time since it entered the chart 40 weeks ago.