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Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ stays at top spot on Billboard in final week of 2012, ‘Les Miserables’ soundtrack jumps to No. 2

By Daniel S Levine,

Taylor Swift’s Red earned yet another week at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, while the soundtrack to the Oscar favorite Les Miserables jumped to No. 2.

Red earned its seventh non-consecutive week at No. 1 with 241,000 copies sold during the final sales week of 2012, which ended on Dec. 30, reports Billboard. The album was boosted by sales from an Amazon MP3 sale that priced the album at just $1.99. Since the album has been out for more than four weeks, those sales count towards the Nielsen SoundScan total.

The Les Miserables soundtrack jumped from No. 33 the week before to No. 2. It sold an amazing 136,000 copies, a 218 percent gain. It’s the largest jump in a single week since Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s Raising Sand jumped 67 spots in February 2009.

The film hit theaters on Christmas day, which can explain the jump. It features Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway and is based on the popular Broadway musical.

The rest of the Top 5 includes One Direction’s Take Me Home (120,000), Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (110,000) and T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head (74,000).

Sales were up a whopping 27 percent over the same week in 2011, notes Reuters. A total of 9.7 million albums were sold.

The holiday week also saw a record number of digital song downloads, meaning that there were a lot of iTunes gift cards left under Christmas trees. A total of 55.74 million tracks were downloaded. Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” topped the Digital Songs chart with 582,000 downloads.

 
 

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