Taylor Swift continues her chart reign for a third week this week as her fourth album “Red” retains its strangle hold on No. 1, selling 196,000 copies its third week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That brings its total to 1.75 million copies, quite an impressive figure in 2012.
It helps that her stiffest competition was a “Now” collection. (Yes, they still make those.) “Now 44″ sold 99,000 copies to people who apparently don’t already have access to songs by Flo Rida, Psy and Katy Perry, or who needed the hits compilation to bury in their November 2012 time capsules. Cool market.
Rod Stewart lands at No. 3, while new albums from Ne-Yo and Aerosmith round out the top five.
Next week Swifty finally gets some competition on the charts as the holiday surge begins, bringing new albums from Susan Boyle, One Direction, Christina Aguilera, Soundgarden, Green Day and more, along with collections from the Rolling Stones, the Weeknd, Lana del Rey and more. And don’t ever count out the latest “Twilight” soundtrack, you guys.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Taylor Swift, Red (196,000)
2. Now 44 (99,000)
3. Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby (74,000)
4. Ne-Yo, R.E.D. (66,000)
5. Aerosmith, Music from Another Dimension (63,000)
6. Jason Aldean, Night Train (48,000)
7. Mumford and Sons, Babel (41,000)
8. Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares (41,000)
9. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (40,000)
10. Third Day, Miracle (29,000)