"Hope for Haiti Now," the charity album featuring performances from Justin Timberlake, Shakira and the supergroup of Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge and Rihanna, will debut at No. 1 next week, making it the first digital-only album ever to top the Billboard charts, Newsday's Glenn Gamboa reports.
The album, which benefits victims of the Haiti earthquake, sold 171,000 copies in only two days, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than doubling the sales totals of Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream," which held on to the No. 2 spot.
Lady Gaga's album "The Fame" moves up one spot to No. 3, on sales of 62,000. Indie rockers Spoon land their first Top 5 album, debuting at No. 4 with "Transference," on sales of 53,000. The "2010 Grammy Nominees" album debuts at No. 5 with 49,000 in sales. Last week's No. 1 album, Vampire Weekend's "Contra," slides to No. 6, after a 65 percent sales drop.
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