Celine is queen of Cdn. charts

Celine Dion

Celine Dion


Senior Editor, JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 12:05 PM ET

Celine Dion continued her mastery of the Canadian charts with the release of her latest album.

Dion's "Taking Chances," debuted at No. 1 last week with just under 80,000 in sales, and actually surpassed her own album as the top debut of 2007. (Her French-language album "D'elles" sold 72,000 in its first week back in May.)

It marks her 11th No. 1 album in the SoundScan era, and her ninth to debut at the top position.

Dion's high-water mark for Canadian sales remains 1997's "Let's Talk About Love," which had opening week sales of 230,000 -- a record debut which still stands to this day.

This week, the Quebec singer remained at the top of the heap, despite the usual second week drop in sales. "Taking Chances" rang up 44,000 copies, a drop of 45 percent, according to the latest figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Not far behind was Josh Groban's holiday album "Noel" (39,000), which moved from No. 5 to No. 2, thanks in large part to a surprise appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last week.

Alicia Keys' "As I Am" slipped from No. 2 to No. 3, the seasonal collection "MuchDance 2008" premiered at No. 4, and Anne Murray's "Duets, Friends & Legends" occupied the No. 5 slot.

French artist Francois Perusse dropped three positions to No. 6 with "L'Album du Peuple Tome 7," Led Zeppelin's hits compilation "Mothership" held steady at No. 7, and Paul Potts' "One Chance" moved down two notches to No. 8.

Rounding out the top ten was Garth Brooks' "Ultimate Hits" at No. 9, and Keith Urban's first best-of disc "Greatest Hits" at No. 10.

Other notable debuts included "Big Shiny Tunes 12" at No. 11, Onerepublic's "Dreaming Out Loud" at No. 23, and Nine Inch Nails' remix disc "Y34rz3r0r3mix3d" at No. 28.

In the U.S., Josh Groban climbed up to No. 1 with sales of 405,000, followed by Alicia Keys in second, "NOW 26" in third, Garth Brooks in fourth, and the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" in fifth.


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