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Rihanna Album Debuts At No. 4 On The Charts, 181,000 Units Sold

According to Nielsen Soundscan and Billboard, Rihanna’s Rated R takes the number four spot on the sales chart. Susan Boyle the runner-up on Britain’s Got Talent, moved 701,000 units, to take the top spot — the best sales week for an album in the U.S. this year. She even beat Eminem’s sales.


Rihanna album performance is actually the best debut in her career. Many are calling it a flop because of all the marketing that went into it, but 181,000 is not a number to laugh at. I think the only thing that makes this number disappoitning is that Rihanna reduced the price of her album to 3.99 and later reduced it again to .99. At that price she should have moved as many units as Susan Boyle. But, don’t count Rihanna out, if this albums perform like the past albums, she will pick up momentum along the way.

Andrea Bocelli Christmas album, titled, My Christmas took the Number 2 spot. Followed by Adam Lambert at Number 3 with 198,000 units, and Lady GaGa rounds out the top five with 174,000.

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