Considered a classic before it was even released, according to a recent Billboard article Kanye West is likely to be knocked off the top spot by Susan Boyle. Despite the Glee cast’s fourth compilation album and Black Eyed Peas’ The Begnning expected to bow, neither one should pose any threat to The Gift – Boyle’s second album. A year ago, the singer topped charts around the world with I Dreamed a Dream. If so, Boyles will return to the top for a second time with The Gift, which entered the top spot a week ago.
Kanye West can’t be too happy about this, or The Black Eyed Peas for that matter. West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has so far reached top in Canada, while debuting at No.16 in the UK and No.19 in Sweden. His biggest hit in Sweden so far is the Jay-Z and Rihanna collaboration “Run this Town” which peaked at No.8 in 2009. In the US, he has scored two No.1s – “Gold Digger” (2005) and “Stronger” (2007).
The latest single to be lifted off the album is “Start It Up” which features Fabolous, Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie. The song is struggling, haven peaked at No.105 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has, however, topped the German Black chart. It followed the No.12 hit “Runaway,” which features rapper Pusha T of Clipse. The song was supported by a 35-minute short film directed by West. That hit even made the Swedish singles tally, peaking at No.28.