X-Mas is coming! Michael Buble's Christmas steps up to #1 on The Billboard 200, with sales of 227K copies. But if his album had sold just 500 fewer copies, Nickelback's Here And Now would have come out on top. It was the closest race for #1 in more than four years. The last time such a small margin separated the top two albums was in October 2007, when Bruce Springsteen's Magic returned to the top spot, unseating Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus. Both albums sold just over 77K copies that week. They were separated by fewer than 250 copies.
1. Michael Buble, Christmas, 227,000.
2. Nickelback, Here And Now, 227,000.
3. Rihanna, Talk That Talk, 198,000.
4. Drake, Take Care, 173,000.
5. Mary J. Blige, My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1), 156,000.
6. Justin Bieber, Under The Mistletoe, 142,000.
7. Adele, 21, 140,000.
8. Daughtry, Break The Spell, 129,000.
9. Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day, 88,000.
10. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto, 79,000.