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Susan Boyle’s Dream Tops Charts
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Susan Boyle’s Dream Tops Charts

In its opening week, “I Dreamed a Dream,” the debut album from singing phenom Susan Boyle, topped the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 701,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, overtaking Eminem’s “Relapse” as the year’s best sales week for an album in the U.S.

As this year’s runner-up on Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle showed that winning isn’t everything.  Compared to each of the American Idol runners-up, Susan Boyle has the highest U.S. first-week sales, outselling Idol season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken whose debut album also opened at #1.

Debut Week Album Sales — Susan Boyle and American Idol Runner-Ups

Artist Album # Sold Chart Position
Susan Boyle I Dreamed A Dream 701,000 #1
Clay Aiken Measure of a Man 613,000 #1
Bo Bice The Real Thing 227,000 #4
Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment 198,000 #3
David Archuleta David Archuleta 183,000 #2
Katherine McPhee Katherine McPhee 116,000 #2
Blake Lewis Audio Daydream 98,000 #10
Justin Guarini Justin Guarini 57,000 #20
Diana DeGarmo Blue Skies 47,000 #52
Source: Nielsen SoundScan

Read the article at Billboard.com.