Groban, Dion battle for No. 1

Josh Groban

Josh Groban


Senior Editor, JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

A holiday battle is taking shape at the top of the Canadian album charts.

Josh Groban's Christmas disc "Noel" bumped Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" out of the No. 1 spot this week, racking up 46,000 in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

Groban also grabbed the No. 1 spot south of the border, selling 539,000 copies of "Noel" in the U.S.

Back here, Celine slipped to No. 2, but still sold a healthy 39,000 copies of her latest effort.

Anne Murray's "Duets, Friends & Legends" climbed up two positions to No. 3, "MuchDance 2008" was locked in at No. 4, and Paul Potts' "Once Chance" rose up three to No. 5.

The movement up front forced Alicia Keys' "As I Am" down from No. 3 to No. 6, while the French disc "Grands Class" skyrocketed 73 notches to No. 7.

Rounding out the top 10 was Garth Brooks' "Ultimate Hits" at No. 8, Francois Perusse's "L'Album du Peuple Tome" at No. 9, and "Big Shiny Tunes 12" at No. 10.

Notable debuts included "Canadian Idol" champ Brian Melo's "Audio Daydream" at No. 14, Pierre Lapointe's "Live" at No. 22, and Kylie Minogue's "X" at No. 40.

In the U.S., the Eagles "Long Road to Ruin" placed second (thanks in large part to an appearance on "60 Minutes"), followed by Alicia Keys in third, the compilation "NOW 26" in fourth, and Garth Brooks in fifth.


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