Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle top "Michael" on the U.S. album chart
The new collection of previously unreleased Michael Jackson recordings, simply titled "Michael," sold 228,000 copies in its first week, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first posthumous Jackson release, "This Is It," debuted at No. 1 last year with sales of 373,000.
"Speak Now" was No. 1 six weeks ago, which Billboard.com reported was the longest gap in the top slot since Alicia Keys' "As I Am" returned to No. 1 on Jan. 26, 2008, eight weeks after sitting in the pole position.
"Love Letter" became R. Kelly's 13th album to land in the top 10, selling 154,000 copies to open at No. 6. The Sean Combs project Diddy Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" boarded at No. 7 on sales of 101,000.
Crystal Bowersox, the runner-up on the most recent season of "American Idol," saw her "Farmer's Daughter" sell 58,000 copies to debut at No. 28. She sold nearly 20,000 more copies of her debut than that of "Idol" champ Lee DeWyze.