Michael Buble Rules North American Album Charts

Michael Buble

By Sandy Graham

Canada’s favourite crooner Michael Buble, currently on a Euro-promo-jaunt and set to perform on the hugely popular UK X Factor TV show this coming Sunday, is running rings around superstars such as Madge, Babs, the Black Eyed Peas, Kiss and Jay-z as his album trips cash registers in North America and holds down the #1 spot on the Album charts in both Canada and the US for a 2nd consecutive week.

In Canada, Buble’s career-turning Crazy Love incredibly outsold the combined sales of other album artists populating Canada’s top 10, and his combined two week sales are almost double that of  Whitney Houston’s much vaunted seven-week old  I Look To You comeback album.

His stats are much the same in America. Buble’s Crazy Love sold 203,000 copies during the week ended Oct. 18, according to Nielsen Soundscan, almost double the 115,000 copies the New Moon soundtrack bowed with at #2 in the US. Other non-contenders in the week were Barbra Streisand’s Love Is the Answer, holding at #4 with an anemic 40,000 sales; and Mariah Carey’s much hyped Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which dropped three positions to #10 with 31,000.

Albums sales may be lacklustre, but clearly Buble has excited his audience and is driving fans to step up to the cash register like no one else right now. Of course, his appearance on Oprah clearly helped Buble to reach his audience. Having manager Bruce Allen meticulously laying out a strategy for  the launch well in advance is no small contributing factor to the singer’s expanding success either. Kudos to the team!