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Susan Boyle's Album Sells 701,000 Copies to Debut at No. 1

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Dec. 3 2009, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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Susan Boyle dreamed a dream — and it came true! The lovable spinster, who became a YouTube sensation after appearing on Britain's Got Talent, has sold more albums in one week than any other artist this year.

The Scottish singer's debut album I Dreamed a Dream opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 701,000 copies in its first week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it's the best sales week for an album in the U.S. this year.

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Eminem came closest to the never-been-kissed crooner, selling 608,000 copies of Relapse in its first week in May, but the last record to beat SuBo's numbers was AC/DC's Black Ice, which moved 784,000 CDs in October 2008.

Meanwhile, other  — more-hyped — reality singing stars are trailing far behind. Adam Lambert's debut For Your Entertainment debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 198,000 copies.

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And last week, American Idol champ Kris Allen saw his self-titled debut bow at No. 11 with 80,000.

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