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 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.
The amazing sales stats on Taylor Swift's "Red" just keep coming. The country/pop star's album sold a massive 1.208 million copies in the U.S. last week making it the third-biggest selling album of the year. "Red" sold on average last week two copies every second and accounted for 19.3% of all albums sold in the U.S. and a whopping 62.6% share of the country market.