I saw Michael Buble at Jingle Ball in 2010 and he brought the house down, easily the best thing about that disappointing night. But here is the real shocker: Buble isn't a dance star, or a rock star, or a pop star. He is a cabaret star riffing on the Great American songbook and throwing in some pretty good originals from time to time.
So on the same day his season stocking stuffer Christmas was released (along with Justin Bieber's Under The Mistletoe, which it trounced) (and on Spotify, so so much for the Black Keys theories), his sales soared and soared and at the moment it has sold a mindblowing 1.54M copies.
Even if you start with the obvious, Michael Buble reaches an older demo more likely to buy CDs, this is still impressive. Last year's "Hasn't Happened Yet" did him nothing but good, breaking pop (that's why he was at Jingle Ball) and adding to his fanbase. And there was 60 Minutes profile and the network special. Put all four together together and you have a hit album but even so… there are so many jingle jangle albums, Buble breaking this big suggestwe may have a big star on our hands.