Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ not slowing down, tops Billboard 200 again

By Daniel S Levine,

Taylor Swift’s Red has topped the Billboard 200 album chart for the third week in a row, beating the album in the No. 2 spot by nearly 100,000 copies.

According to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, Red sold another 196,000 copies this past week. Billboard notes that it is the first time in Swift’s career that she has had an album spend its first three weeks in the top spot. In 2010, Speak Now had actually dropped out of the No. 1 spot after two weeks, only to return for a four-week reign five weeks later.

Red has now sold 1.75 million copies.

The Now 44 compilation debuted at No. 2 with 99,000 copies sold, making it the 43rd straight Now compilation to start in the top 10. It started slightly lower than August’s Now 43, which debuted with 111,000 copies sold.

MTV News reports that Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas Baby stayed at No. 3 with 74,000 copies sold. Ne-Yo’s R.E.D. kicked off at No. 4 with 66,000 copies sold.

Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension! gave the band another Top 5 debut, selling 63,000 copies.

The rest of the Top 10 included Jason Aldean’s Night Train (48,000); Mumford & Sons’ Babel (41,000); Meek Mill’s Dreams & Nightmares (41,000) and good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar (40,000).

Christian band Third Day’s new album Miracle started at No. 10 with 29,000 copies sold.

PSY’s “Gangnam Style” earned another week at the top of the Digital Songs chart, selling 187,000 downloads. However, it is the first week that the song has sold less than 200,000 downloads in two months, notes Billboard. Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” held the No. 2 spot.



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