The Scottish singer could overtake the country singer for the bestselling-album title

By Michael Y. Park Stephen M. Silverman
December 19, 2009 08:00 AM
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Could Susan Boyle dethrone current queen Taylor Swift, currently at the top of 2009’s album-sales charts?

With her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, shaking up the industry and selling like hotcakes – it’s already sold 1.8 million units since launching in the U.S. on Nov. 24 – Boyle, 48, is poised to surpass the 2.7 million copies of Fearless that Swift, 20, has sold this year. (Since its release in November 2008, Fearless has sold a total of 4.8 million units.)

According to Billboard, Boyle – who has held the No. 1 sales spot for the past three weeks – stands a good chance of ruling the music roost if her strong sales hold up for the next couple of weeks.

Of course, Swift probably would be just fine without yet another addition to her many laurels this year – such as the eight Grammy nominations, five AMA awards, and sweeping the Country Music Association Awards.

As for overall sales this week, Andrea Bocelli s My Christmas followed Boyle to take the No. 2 spot on the sales chart, followed by the third-place second soundtrack to the Fox TV hit Glee. Then came Swift’s Fearless (No. 4), and, in descending order, Carrie Underwood‘s Play On, Lady Gaga‘s The Fame and Chris Brown‘s Graffiti (No. 7).