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One Direction’s second album, Take Me Home, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week, which should come as no surprise. Last week was a big one for the music industry, with Christina Aguilera, Lana Del Rey and others releasing new albums as well.
Take Me Home’s sales numbers were released early, before Billboard released the official numbers for the rest of the Top 10. The album sold 540,000 copies, giving it the third-highest debut of the year. Only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons' Babel (600,000) sold more copies in their first week.
Red slid down to No. 2 after three weeks at the top, notes Billboard. Nielsen SoundScan numbers show that the album sold another 145,000 copies. After just a month in stores, the album has sold 1.89 million copies.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’s soundtrack debuted at No. 3 with 93,000 copies. All five Twilight soundtracks have debuted in the Top 5.
The weekend’s first album on a major label, Trilogy, debuted at No. 4 with 86,000 copies sold. Soundgarden’s new album, King Animal, made it into the Top 5, with 83,000 copies sold. Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas, Baby continues to do well with another 80,000 copies sold.
The Voice judge Christina Aguilera released her new album Lotus, which sold just 73,000 copies in its first week. It’s her first Top 10 album since her last studio album, Bionic, which started at No. 3 in 2010.
Retuers notes that Aguliera couldn’t capitalize on The Voice like Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. The group’s Overexposed sold 220,000 copies in its first week.
The rest of the Top 10 includes Now 44 (70,000), Green Day’s Dos! (69,000) and Lana Del Rey’s Paradise (67,000).
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” took over the top spot on the Digital Songs Chart, selling 171,000 downloads.