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Susan Boyle, Katy Perry, 'Glee' Top Charts

T.I. has week's highest album debut, Kanye West slips to Number 14

December 15, 2010 2:15 PM ET
Susan Boyle, Katy Perry, 'Glee' Top Charts
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Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift and Glee barely budged from their spots at the top of the charts this week, while T.I. had the week's highest debut at Number Four.

Boyle's The Gift stays at Number One, with approximately 243,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Taylor Swift's Speak Now remains at Number Two on 201,000 sales, and the Glee Christmas LP slides up to Number Three with 193,000. Glee, the Music: Season Two: Volume 4 fell three spots to Number Eight, with 74,000 albums sold.

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This week's highest debut comes from incarcerated rapper T.I., whose No Mercy came in at Number Four with 159,000 sales in its first week, breaking his streak of three chart-topping debuts in a row. The other big premiere this week is Daft Punk's soundtrack for the forthcoming Tron : Legacy flick, which enters at Number 10 with 71,000.

Jackie Evancho's O Holy Night (Number 5), Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday (Number Six) Josh Groban's Illuminations (Number Seven) and Rihanna's Loud (Number Nine) round out the top 10.

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Meanwhile, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy slips to Number 14.

On the Digital Songs chart, Katy Perry's "Firework" holds at Number One on 201,000 downloads, Bruno Mars' "Grenade" moves up one spot to Number Three on 185,000, Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" roars from 14 to seven with 110,000 and T.I.'s "That's All She Wrote" (featuring Eminem) comes in at Number Eight.

Boyle's 'Gift' Keeps Giving on Billboard 200, 'Tron' Hits Top 10 [Billboard]

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