Industry sources still peg final week sales of Taylor Swift's "Red" at around the 1.1 million mark, which would make the album the 18th in the Nielsen SoundScan era to surpass 1 million in sales in a week. Such a sum would also anoint Swift as the only female to have two albums surpass seven figures in a single sales frame. Her last effort, “Speak Now,” opened with 1.047 million the week of Nov. 13, 2010.
Jason Aldean's "Night Train" chugs to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart, opening atop the ranking with 409,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As Aldean arrives, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" slips to No. 2 after three weeks atop the Billboard 200 having sold 938,000 in its first four frames. The top five is rounded out by debuts: Brandy's "Two Eleven," Scotty McCreery's Christmas (already!) album and Jamey Johnson's tribute to Hank Cochran.