HDD is taking the holidays off, so there is no building chart to discuss. They did take time off from sipping eggnog to let us know that Bey is predicted to have sold 100K in physical units and about 375K for the week. That’s pretty good, but when you consider they shipped 500K and sales fall off a cliff next week, that’s a lot of stock to be holding. In other news, here is their top 15 at their “weakend” update:

1. Beyoncé (Columbia) 260-280k
2. Garth Brooks (Pearl) 190-210k
3. One Direction (SYCO/Columbia) 165-175k
4. Kelly Clarkson (RCA) 130-140k
5. The Robertsons (EMI Nashville) 125-135k
6. Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 110-120k
7. Katy Perry (Capitol) 90-100k
8. Lorde (Lava/Republic) 65-75k
9. Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 65-75k
10. Now 48 (UMe) 60-70k
11. Michael Buble (Reprise) 60-70k
12. Frozen (Disney) 60-70k
13. Mary J. Blige (Verve) 55-65k
14. R. Kelly (RCA) 50-60k
15. Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville) 50-60k

Since then, Beyonce’s predictions have gone up and the controversy that erupted around Duck Dynasty also boosted their sales.

All fall, I’ve been jokingly feuding with the Duck Dudes about their Christmas CD in competition with Kelly’s. That’s back when I just thought the Robertson family were a bunch of loveable goofs with a penchant for making hay while the sun shines (I’ll let Billy Mack explain in his own colourful way the inner-biz thoughts on such Christmas albums). But this week, the Ducks showed that they had teeth and were angry that their patriarch’s wisdom was being edited out by those idiots at A&E. So, Phil found new avenues to release his homophobic, misogynistic and racist thoughts to the world. And I can’t treat this as a fun feud anymore. I can’t delude myself into thinking of them as loveable goofballs. So, the feud is over. Take it. All of you fighting for Phil’s “rights” to force A&E to produce the show he wants can rush out and buy this family’s Christmas CD that makes a very mockery of the songs that celebrate the season. “Hairy Christmas” and “Duck the Halls” sung with new lyrics hilariously by people who know they can’t sing. Where did we leave that reason for the season, Phil? But, maybe, just maybe, Phil’s brain isn’t two sizes too small. Maybe, marketing doesn’t always come from TV. Maybe marketing…perhaps…needs a little bit more. Maybe it needs a controversy. Well timed, sir.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!



Added by Mateja:
HDD posted some numbers from the past week anyway.

YOUR HOLIDAY TOP 25: Beyoncé occupies the #1 spot again this week and just touches the 1 million mark in her sophomore week. Meanwhile, here’s this week’s Top 25, with extra tinsel. Due to the holiday, these numbers are more approximate than usual.

Beyoncé (Columbia) 383k
Garth Brooks (Pearl) 200k
One Direction (SYCO/Columbia) 168k
The Robertsons (EMI Nashville) 129k
Kelly Clarkson (RCA) 123k
Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 119k
Katy Perry (Capitol) 101k
Frozen (Disney) 82k
Lorde (Lava/Republic) 69k
Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 69k
Michael Buble (Reprise) 66k
Now 48 (UMe) 65k
R. Kelly (RCA) 62k
Mary J. Blige (Verve) 62k
Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville) 61k
Imagine Dragons (KidinaKorner/Interscope) 53k
Lady Gaga (Interscope) 53k
Miley Cyrus (RCA) 51k
Justin Timberlake (RCA) 46k
*B.o.B. (Atlantic) 40k
Drake (YM/CM/Republic) 39k
Susan Boyle (SYCO/Columbia) 35k
Pentatonix (Madison Gate) 30k
Celine Dion (Columbia) 28k
Britney Spears (RCA) 27k

* Debut

Now get those gift cards ready, because we’re going on a rampage. (12/24a)

 
  • Pat H

    Kudos to your Duck comments, Kirsten! I am applauding them right now!

  • Listening

    Umm I like serious Christmas songs but don’t get me wrong I love me some funny comical Christmas songs too. Just b/c you don’t like the people that sing it doesn’t make the entire genre bad.

  • Kirsten

    Umm I like serious Christmas songs but don’t get me wrong I love me some funny comical Christmas songs too.

    I love all Christmas songs (except for “Christmas Shoes” and “Wonderful Christmas Time” – the former is too saccharine even for me and the latter makes me want to gouge my ears out). Heck, I even sing along to Billy Mack’s Christmas song. And re-writing songs used to be my schtick around here (that and leaked memos)

    I’m just commenting that I no longer find the Ducks even remotely amusing. Not even enough for a fake feud.

    And I do find it a tad jarring to wrap yourself in the flag of Christian crusaders while also mocking Christmas. But, then, Phil is so hardcore he probably thinks Christmas should be banned.

  • Listening

    Oh thanks for clarifying your statement.

  • myers

    how is pentatonix not in the top 15? On iTunes they are #4?!?!?!?!?!

  • Mateja Praznik

    HDD posted some numbers, check out the main post.

  • Kathleen Moore

    Bad thing about the Duck controversy generating sales: the Robertsons leaped over Kelly again this week for #1 Christmas album.
    As of today, Christmas Eve, which act has sold more of their Christmas album, Kelly or the Ducks?

  • Kevin

    Yesterday Billboard tweeted that Kelly had the #1 Holiday album this season https://twitter.com/billboard/status/415194480862855168

  • Chessguy99

    The Ducks were leading until the sales report the week after Kelly’s Christmas special on NBC. IIRC, that week Kelly even beat out Britney’s new album. The recent controversy probably narrowed Kelly’s lead over the Ducks.

  • springboard2

    Mediabase – Tuesday update:

    AC:
    1 1 KELLY CLARKSON Underneath The Tree 1467 1361 106 9.541
    +10 Spins
    +18 Bullet
    +0.079 AI
    8 9 KELLY CLARKSON Blue Christmas 416 456 -40 1.959
    -16 Spins
    -23 Bullet
    -0.304 AI
    10 10 PHILLIP PHILLIPS Gone, Gone, Gone 404 408 -4 2.8
    0 Spins
    +9 Bullet
    +0.015 AI
    14 15 KELLY CLARKSON Please Come Home For Christmas 375 382 -7 1.664
    -5 Spins
    +11 Bullet
    +0.016 AI
    23 19 LEONA LEWIS One More Sleep 329 295 34 1.363
    +9 Spins
    +2 Bullet
    +0.044 AI
    43 47 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman 82 88 -6 0.193
    -4 Spins
    -7 Bullet
    -0.026 AI
    Country:
    11 11 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These Tears 4663 4658 5 38.138
    +16 Spins
    +10 Bullet
    -0.373 AI
    20 18 DANIELLE BRADBERY The Heart Of Dixie 3013 2928 85 21.486
    -11 Spins
    -90 Bullet
    -0.01 AI
    22 20 SCOTTY MCCREERY See You Tonight 2813 2754 59 23.179
    -5 Spins
    -68 Bullet
    -0.22 AI
    46 49 KELLIE PICKLER Little Bit Gypsy 499 554 -55 1.774
    -1 Spins
    -5 Bullet
    +0.022 AI
    HAC:
    14 14 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman 2350 2336 14 15.148
    -10 Spins
    -31 Bullet
    +0.29 AI
    24 20 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 1564 1046 518 11.101
    +71 Spins
    +4 Bullet
    +0.323 AI
    44 42 KELLY CLARKSON Underneath The Tree 282 222 60 2.307
    +14 Spins
    -5 Bullet
    +0.212 AI
    45 43 LEE DEWYZE Fight 224 221 3 0.3
    -1 Spins
    -4 Bullet
    -0.01 AI
    POP:
    14 12 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 7511 6836 675 46.313
    +107 Spins
    +7 Bullet
    +1.367 AI
    Urban AC:
    2 3 FANTASIA Without Me f/Kelly Rowland 1503 1476 27 9.552
    +1 Spins
    -36 Bullet
    +0.105 AI
    13 12 JENNIFER HUDSON I Can’t Describe (The Way I… 813 688 125 5.379
    -9 Spins
    -48 Bullet
    +0.008 AI
    27 29 FANTASIA Side Effects Of You 178 204 -26 0.88
    -5 Spins
    -4 Bullet
    +0.001 AI
    33 33 CANDICE GLOVER Cried 135 136 -1 0.444
    0 Spins
    +4 Bullet
    +0.042 AI
    Canada-Country:
    32 30 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These Tears 297 301 -4 0.737
    -2 Spins
    -7 Bullet
    +0.049 AI
    44 50 DANIELLE BRADBERY The Heart Of Dixie 109 127 -18 0.289
    -6 Spins
    -8 Bullet
    +0.007 AI
    Canada-Hot AC:
    6 5 HEDLEY Anything 870 912 -42 5.113
    -6 Spins
    -2 Bullet
    -0.048 AI
    20 20 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 456 416 40 2.589
    -5 Spins
    -26 Bullet
    -0.067 AI
    41 37 KELLY CLARKSON Underneath The Tree 216 134 82 1.704
    +11 Spins
    +1 Bullet
    +0.069 AI
    Canada-Main AC:
    1 1 KELLY CLARKSON Underneath The Tree 322 292 30 3.188
    +9 Spins
    +15 Bullet
    -0.014 AI
    8 5 LEONA LEWIS One More Sleep 140 114 26 1.066
    +1 Spins
    -4 Bullet
    -0.003 AI
    20 17 KELLY CLARKSON Run Run Rudolph 78 63 15 1.055
    +3 Spins
    +4 Bullet
    +0.117 AI
    17 19 KELLY CLARKSON My Favorite Things 71 66 5 1.117
    +1 Spins
    +1 Bullet
    -0.055 AI
    37 23 JORDIN SPARKS Christmas Time To Me 59 41 18 0.119
    -1 Spins
    -5 Bullet
    -0.007 AI
    18 25 KELLY CLARKSON I’ll Be Home For Christmas 52 66 -14 0.349
    +1 Spins
    +2 Bullet
    -0.031 AI
    36 28 KELLY CLARKSON Wrapped In Red 50 41 9 0.165
    -3 Spins
    -6 Bullet
    +0.006 AI
    40 31 KELLY CLARKSON Please Come Home For Christmas 48 37 11 0.71
    +2 Spins
    +4 Bullet
    +0.02 AI
    Canada-Top 40:
    7 7 HEDLEY Anything 1328 1406 -78 7.505
    -6 Spins
    +9 Bullet
    -0.134 AI
    20 18 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 860 737 123 4.517
    +7 Spins
    -28 Bullet
    +0.156 AI
    Christian AC:
    4 4 MANDISA It’s Christmas 367 345 22 1.938
    -3 Spins
    +3 Bullet
    -0.034 AI
    22 16 JASON CASTRO Gloria (Hark! The Herald… 220 200 20 1.326
    +3 Spins
    +7 Bullet
    +0.016 AI
    31 21 COLTON DIXON Jingle Bells 175 160 15 0.405
    0 Spins
    -4 Bullet
    +0.017 AI
    20 39 MANDISA Overcomer 128 211 -83 0.486
    -23 Spins
    -15 Bullet
    -0.082 AI

  • springboard2

    12/24/2013 – Itunes Top 1500 Singles and Albums (from LivePopBars)

    Singles:
    7. One Direction – Story of My Life
    48. Cassadee Pope – Wasting All These Tears
    57. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree
    62. Alex & Sierra – Say Something (The X Factor USA Performance)
    68. Pentatonix – Little Drummer Boy
    99. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
    116. One Direction – Midnight Memories
    121. Daughtry – Waiting for Superman
    144. One Direction – Best Song Ever
    161. Danielle Bradbery – The Heart of Dixie
    169. Alex & Sierra – Gravity (The X Factor USA Performance)
    200. One Direction – Best Song Ever (from “This Is Us”)
    202. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone
    205. Kelly Clarkson – Silent Night (feat. Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood)
    259. One Direction – You & I
    261. Phillip Phillips – Home
    265. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
    268. Alex & Sierra – Give Me Love (Show Finale) [The X Factor USA Performance]
    289. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
    297. One Direction – Half a Heart
    302. One Direction – Diana
    307. Matthew Schuler – Hallelujah (The Voice Performance)
    326. Pentatonix – Carol of the Bells
    344. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
    349. Pentatonix – Daft Punk
    357. Kelly Clarkson – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    363. One Direction – Happily
    369. Pentatonix – Royals
    377. One Direction – Through the Dark
    378. Fifth Harmony – Miss Movin’ On
    387. Alex & Sierra – Say My Name (The X Factor USA Performance)
    394. Cher Lloyd – I Wish (feat. T.I.)
    399. Carrie Underwood – See You Again
    421. Alex & Sierra – Best Song Ever (The X Factor USA Performance)
    427. One Direction – Kiss You
    436. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
    440. Little Mix – Move
    455. One Direction – Strong
    469. One Direction – Little White Lies
    472. Alex & Sierra – Little Talks (The X Factor USA Performance)
    482. One Direction – Little Things
    498. Kelly Clarkson – Baby It’s Cold Outside (feat. Ronnie Dunn)
    515. Tessanne Chin – Tumbling Down
    522. One Direction – Story Of My Life
    546. Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Casanova
    554. Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
    557. Kelly Clarkson – Run Run Rudolph
    558. Carrie Underwood – Two Black Cadillacs
    562. One Direction – One Thing
    575. Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling – Radioactive
    581. Jeff Gutt – Hallelujah (The X Factor USA Performance)
    603. One Direction – Does He Know?
    614. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
    639. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped in Red
    646. One Direction – One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
    661. Fifth Harmony – Me & My Girls
    672. Carrie Underwood – Good Girl
    681. Tessanne Chin & Adam Levine – Let It Be (The Voice Performance)
    709. One Direction – Alive
    727. Glee Cast – O Holy Night (Glee Cast Version)
    731. Alex & Sierra – Give Me Love (Show Finale) [The X Factor USA Performance]
    754. One Direction – Better Than Words
    760. Cher Lloyd – Want U Back
    779. Mandisa – Overcomer
    783. Pentatonix – I Need Your Love
    788. Tessanne Chin – I Have Nothing (The Voice Performance)
    797. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath
    843. One Direction – She’s Not Afraid
    845. One Direction – Don’t Forget Where You Belong
    863. Alex & Sierra – I Knew You Were Trouble (The X Factor USA Performance)
    885. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (feat. Flo Rida)
    891. One Direction – Little Black Dress
    893. Kelly Clarkson – My Favorite Things
    895. One Direction – Live While We’re Young
    913. Pentatonix – Go Tell It On the Mountain
    922. Cher Lloyd – Oath (feat. Becky G)
    926. Pentatonix – Carol of the Bells
    927. Little Mix – Wings
    948. One Direction – Why Don’t We Go There
    990. Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
    994. Carrie Underwood – Jesus, Take the Wheel
    1002. Kelly Clarkson – Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
    1020. Kelly Clarkson – My Grown Up Christmas List
    1044. One Direction – Right Now
    1047. Alex & Sierra – Gravity (The X Factor USA Performance)
    1052. Tessanne Chin – Bridge Over Troubled Water (The Voice Performance)
    1058. Pentatonix – O Holy Night
    1095. Pentatonix – Angels We Have Heard On High
    1152. Jeff Gutt – O Holy Night (The X Factor USA Performance)
    1172. Alex & Sierra – Say Something (Show Finale Version) [The X Factor USA Performance]
    1182. One Direction – Rock Me
    1257. Emblem3 – Chloe (You’re the One I Want)
    1263. Glee Cast – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Glee Cast Version)
    1274. Pentatonix – Can’t Hold Us
    1281. Alex & Sierra – Say Something (The X Factor USA Performance)
    1311. Pentatonix – Somebody That I Used to Know
    1354. Glee Cast – Last Christmas (Glee Cast Version)
    1407. Alex & Sierra – All I Want For Christmas Is You (The X Factor USA Performance)
    1413. Kelly Clarkson – White Christmas
    1415. Carrie Underwood – All-American Girl
    1416. One Direction – Up All Night
    1425. Alex & Sierra – All I Want for Christmas Is You (The X Factor USA Performance)
    1428. Alex & Sierra & Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love (The X Factor USA Live Performance)
    1433. Cher Lloyd – Swagger Jagger
    1434. Emblem3 – 3000 Miles
    1470. Alex & Sierra – Addicted to Love (The X Factor USA Performance)
    1477. Carrie Underwood – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    1487. Clay Aiken – Mary, Did You Know
    1492. Glee Cast – Jingle Bells (Glee Cast Version)

    Albums:
    5. Pentatonix – PTXmas (Deluxe Edition)
    8. One Direction – Midnight Memories (Deluxe)
    9. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red
    23. Pentatonix – PTX, Vol. 2
    36. Alex & Sierra – The X Factor USA Season 3 Live Performances
    43. Pentatonix – PTX, Vol. 1
    51. Avicii – True
    69. One Direction – Midnight Memories
    100. Various Artists – The Sound of Music – 45th Anniversary Edition
    102. Glee Cast – Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album
    139. One Direction – Up All Night (Deluxe Version)
    161. Pentatonix – PTXmas – EP
    184. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
    186. One Direction – Take Me Home (Yearbook Edition)
    191. Daughtry – Baptized (Deluxe Version)
    197. Tessanne Chin – The Complete Season 5 Collection (The Voice Performance)
    200. Leona Lewis – Christmas, With Love
    243. Jeff Gutt – The X Factor USA Season 3 Live Performances
    255. Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame
    256. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery (Deluxe Edition)
    257. One Direction – Take Me Home
    262. Kelly Clarkson – Greatest Hits – Chapter One
    301. Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 4 – EP
    310. Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2
    325. Little Mix – Salute (The Deluxe Edition)
    341. Fifth Harmony – Better Together – EP
    390. One Direction – Up All Night
    414. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
    464. Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 3
    539. Phillip Phillips – The World From the Side of the Moon (Deluxe Version)
    577. Jacquie Lee – The Complete Season 5 Collection (The Voice Performance)
    578. Scotty McCreery – Christmas With Scotty McCreery
    609. Emblem3 – Nothing To Lose (Deluxe Version)
    729. Little Mix – DNA (The Deluxe Edition)
    747. Glee Cast – The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series) – EP
    880. Will Champlin – The Complete Season 5 Collection (The Voice Performance)
    923. Cher Lloyd – Sticks & Stones
    965. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery
    1177. Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts
    1202. Daughtry – Baptized
    1274. Daughtry – Daughtry
    1299. Clay Aiken – Merry Christmas With Love
    1324. Emblem3 – Nothing To Lose
    1418. Scotty McCreery – Clear As Day
    1432. David Archuleta – Christmas from the Heart

  • Carriefan1

    I love “Christmas Shoes”. It’s one of those songs that I can’t wait to listen to every Christmas. I like the other song as well. Anyways…I listened to the previews on the iTunes for the Duck Dynasty Christmas CD. The singing is much better than what I thought it would be after reading comments about it on this site. It’s not something I would buy for myself. But I can definitely see why it’s a huge seller (with or without controversy)

  • abbysee

    Me too! Go Kirsten!

  • myers

    I cant hardly believe what I am seeing…..SYT finally cracks the iTunes top 100!!!! Once Christmas music falls like hotcakes and 2014 rolls along, Scotty’s song should REALLY take off!!!!