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Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

This article is from Billboard.com. Congratulations Taylor!!! Taylor has now tied Adele for the woman with the most weeks atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with 24 weeks. If 'RED' stays atop the chart next week, which it likely will, Taylor will be the woman with the most weeks atop the chart.

Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart
by Keith Caulfield, L.A.

As forecasted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album spends a seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In the sales week ending Dec. 30, 2012 -- the final frame of the year -- the Big Machine Records album sold 241,000 (down 12%) according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last Friday (Dec. 28), industry sources had projected the set was aiming to sell at least 225,000 -- if not more.

Of "Red's" sales last week, a full 54% were from download sales. That number isn't too surprising, since Amazon MP3 discounted the title to $1.99 as part of a Gold Box promotion on Dec. 24. Sources suggest that the sales from just Amazon MP3 on that day alone amounted to nearly 30% of "Red's" entire week -- and 54% of its download sales.

("Red's" discounted sales count toward its weekly total because "Red" has been out for more than four weeks; Billboard does not count sales of albums priced below $3.49 in their first four weeks of release.)

"Red" was also certainly buoyed by the redemption of download gift cards received for Christmas. Many albums on the chart rise thanks to consumers quickly emptying their gift cards last week. This week's chart reflects the seven day tracking week that began with Christmas Eve (Monday, Dec. 24) and ended on Sunday Dec. 30.

"Red's" seventh week at No. 1 gives Swift a total of 24 weeks atop the Billboard 200 through her career -- tying her with Adele as the woman with most weeks at No. 1 since SoundScan began powering the Billboard 200 in May, 1991. Swift's "Fearless" album spent 11 weeks at No. 1, while 2010's "Speak Now" logged six weeks atop the list. (All 24 of Adele's weeks at No. 1 came from one album: "21.")

It seems likely that "Red" will hang around at No. 1 for at least another week (if not more), as no new major albums were released this week.

SOURCE: BILLBOARD.COM

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    taylorfan13 wrote:
    This article is from Billboard.com. Congratulations Taylor!!! Taylor has now tied Adele for the woman with the most weeks atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with 24 weeks. If RED stays atop the chart next week, which it likely will, Taylor will be the woman with the most weeks atop the chart.

    SOURCE: BILLBOARD.COM


    Outstanding!!!

    ....hopefully next week they will tell us how Taylor is doing compared to the pre-1991 female artists



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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    wow!!
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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Wow! Good job, Taylor!

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    wow! yay Taylor!!

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    thats great... yess hahahah

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Woohoo!! Go Tay!!





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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Awesome!



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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    sweet. go taylor

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    That's awesome! I hope it stays on and beats Adele next :)


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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Yay!! Taylor deserves it so much!!!

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    taylorswiftielucky13 wrote:
    That's awesome! I hope it stays on and beats Adele next :)


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    RE: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    let's go TAYLOR
    yyyyyeeessssssssssss!

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I really, really hope she can have the number one next week as well

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    Re: Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart

    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    If Taylor and red are number one next week, I will throw myself and Swifties a PARTY.


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