Susan Boyle to regain chart crown as Peas flop

Fri Dec 3, 2010 3:10am EST
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Disappointing sales for the new Black Eyed Peas album mean that Susan Boyle will likely return to the top spot on the U.S. pop album chart next Wednesday.

Boyle's latest album "The Gift" debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago after selling 318,000 copies; she enjoyed a second week at the top before slipping to No. 3 on the most recent chart, behind new champ Kanye West and rookie rapper Nicki Minaj.

Industry sources suggest that neither of the two biggest new releases this week -- the Black Eyed Peas' "The Beginning" and the "Glee" cast's "Music, Volume 4" -- poses much of a threat to Boyle.

Prognosticators project first-week sales of 100,000 to 125,000 units each for the Peas and "Glee." For the Peas, that's off quite a bit from the arrival of their last album, "The E.N.D.," which gave the quartet its first No. 1 last year with a 304,000-unit start according to Nielsen SoundScan.