Susan Boyle Gaining on Mean Country Singer

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Susan Boyle continues to crush the competition with another 510,000 copies of her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, sold last week. That brings her to 2,982,000 total, a remarkable number made even more impressive by two facts: (a) that it’s been tallied up in just five weeks, and (b) that it's closing in on Taylor Swift’s Fearless — which has sold an embarrassing 3,157,000 copies in a full 364 days — in the race to have 2009's top-selling album.

And here’s the really exciting part: For some reason, Billboard is counting sales through the week ending January 3 for this year, meaning that Boyle could yet pull this off. And wouldn’t that be great? Sure, we'd all love to see Swift get a comeuppance for heartlessly dumping similarly named boyfriend Taylor Lautner, but Boyle’s actually doing something about it! In our perfect world, Dream dramatically outsells Fearless in this last week of the year, causing Lautner to see the beauty that is inside Boyle. Then they run away together, and everyone (minus terrible person Taylor Swift, of course) lives happily ever after.

Susan Boyle Spends Fifth Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200 [Billboard]