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Taylor Swift keeps top spot on Billboard 200 during busy holiday shopping week

By Daniel S Levine,

Taylor Swift and her new album Red have earned another week at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The country star dominated the last week before Christmas, when people are searching for the perfect album for a stocking stuffer.

Billboard reports that the album had its sixth non-consecutive week in the No. 1 spot since its October release. Red sold 276,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, a jump of 32 percent over the previous week.

The final sales week before Christmas ended on Sunday, Dec. 23 with 12.79 million albums sold. That’s down from 2011’s 15.11 million total. Then again, 2011’s week before Christmas had the benefit of actually ending on Christmas day.

According to The New York Times, rapper T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy in the Head debuted at No. 2 with 179,000 copies sold. It is T.I.’s eighth Top 10 album.

Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox slid to No. 3 with 178,000 copies, with One Direction’s Take Me Home at No. 4 with 177,000 copies. Michael Buble’s Christmas rounded out the Top 5 with 148,000 copies sold. This past week helped Christmas pass the 3 million mark, selling 3.03 million copies since its release.

The rest of the Top 10 was rounded out with Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas, Baby (113,000); Phillip Phillips’ The World from the Side of the Moon (98,000); Mumford & Sons’ Babel (93,000); 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief (82,000 - digital only) and Now 44. (80,000).

Mars’ hit “Locked Out Of Heaven” topped the Digital Songs chart, selling 226,000 downloads. It’s held the top spot for the past three weeks.

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