Crossover violinist Lindsey Stirling nets her best week ever on the Billboard 200 with her self-titled album; the deluxe reissue of Tamela Mann's "Best Days" gooses it from No. 170 to No. 49; Bad Religion's "Christmas Songs" opens at No. 7 on the Holiday Albums chart; and more in today's Chart Moves.
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.
For the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991, the same album finishes as the United States' best-seller for a second year. Adele's "21" triumphed in 2011 and ruled again in 2012.
As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of the chart's titles. That's natural, since the most recent tracking week ended Sunday, Dec. 23, when consumers were busy shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts. T.I.'s latest album arrives in the runner-up slot with 179,000.