Return to U.S. album summit eyed for Susan Boyle

Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:00pm EST
 
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" might make a return engagement at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 that will be released Wednesday. Industry prognosticators suggest her set could sell around 80,000 copies by the sales week's end on Sunday.

The set is reaping the benefits of Boyle's chat and performance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on January 19. Boyle's segment lasted for the first 20 minutes of the show, and the rest of the hour-long broadcast belonged to fellow reality TV contestant Adam Lambert. His "For Your Entertainment" debut album also is expected see a big gain on the next pop album chart.

Boyle's climb back to No. 1 isn't certain, however. The as-yet-recorded charity album "Hope for Haiti Now" could make a splashy debut on the tally, depending on consumer reaction to the set over the weekend. A No. 1 debut isn't out of the realm of possibility and would mark the first No. 1 digital-exclusive set on the chart.

The songs on "Hope for Haiti Now" will be recorded live during the telethon show of the same name airing Friday night (January 22) and should reach digital download services on Saturday and Sunday. The "Hope for Haiti Now" show will be broadcast on every major TV network beginning at 8 PM ET/PT and 7 PM CT. It also will be live-streamed on YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody.