Taylor Swift stays at top of Billboard 200, Meek Mill’s first solo album debuts at No. 2

By Daniel S Levine,

Taylor Swift continued to dominate the Billboard 200 album chart this week with Red, her latest studio album. The album got off to a stunning start and has already sold over a million and a half copies.

Red began its run by selling 1.208 million copies during the previous sales week. Nielsen SoundScan numbers show that it sold another 344,000 copies this past week, notes Billboard.

It has now sold 1.55 million copies, making it the second-biggest selling album of 2012. One Direction’s Up All Night previously held the spot with 1.331 million copies sold. The top-selling album of the year is still Adele’s 21 by a long shot. That album has sold 4.132 million copies this year.

According to Reuters, Meek Mill’s first solo album, Dreams & Nightmares, came in a distant second in its first week on the chart. The album sold 164,000 copies.

Rod Stewart earned his 16th top 10 album with Merry Christmas, Baby, which debuted at No. 3. The holiday album sold just 88,000 copies.

Jason Aldean’s Night Train came in at No. 4 with 71,000 copies, while Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City hit No. 5 with 63,000 copies sold.

The rest of the Top 10 included Toby Keith’s new Hope on the Rocks (48,000); Mumford & Son’s Babel (44,000); Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s new Psychedelic Pill (34,000); Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night) (32,000) and Little Big Town’s Tornado (29,000).

The Digital Songs Chart saw few changes, with the Top 6 all remaining the same as last week. PSY’s “Gangnam Style” sold another 226,000 downloads, while Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” had 149,000.

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