Taylor Swift Sizzles on Billboard 200, Ke$ha Tops Digital Songs
As previously reported, Taylor Swift celebrates a milestone achievement this week as her third album, "Speak Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 1 ,047,000 million sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" bowed at No. 1 with 1,141,000 in March of 2005, and Swift's second album to top the Billboard 200 following her sophomore "Fearless" release, which flew in with 592,000 in November of 2008.
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"Speak Now" accounted for 18% of all albums sold last week (5.80 million) -- or, one out of every sixth set purchased. The album sold more than the Nos. 2-62 albums combined on this week's Billboard 200 chart.
It also has the second-largest sales week for a digital album, with 278,000 downloads sold. Only Coldplay's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" posted a larger haul, with 288,000 when it bowed in the summer of 2008.
After one week of sales, "Speak Now" is the eighth best-selling album of 2010. Eminem's "Recovery" still leads the pack, with 2.9 million. Could "Speak" shift enough by year's end to take over the lead?
Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine," falls to No. 2 with 89,000 (down 56%). With a wide divide of 958,000 between "Speak Now" and "The Incredible Machine," it's the largest gap between the top two since the chart dated June 15, 2002. That's when Eminem's "The Eminem Show" moved 1,322,000 in its second week at No. 1, while the Diddy-driven compilation "We Invented the Remix" was No. 2 with 117,000 -- a margin of 1.2 million.
It would seem that everyone steered clear of the Swift freight train last week, as not much was released aside from "Speak Now." The second-highest debut on the Billboard 200 comes from Michael Bublé's "Hollywood" EP, which takes a bow at No. 10 with 26,000. The EP was also available as part of his deluxe reissue of "Crazy Love," which spikes up 88 slots to No. 27 with 16,000 (up 302%).
The rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 is populated with holdovers from last week. Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" slips one spot to No. 3 (67,000; down 63%), Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" climbs one to No. 4 (43,000; down 33%) and Eminem's "Recovery" is up three to No. 5 (38,000; down 12%). Elton John and Leon Russell's "The Union" drops three positions to No. 6 (37,000; down 54%) while the "Glee: Rocky Horror Glee Show" soundtrack drops one rung with 31,000 (down 35%). Rod Stewart's "Fly Me to the Moon" descends four places to No. 8 (30,000; down 62%) and Darius Rucker's "Charleston, SC 1966" is up one to No. 9 (27,000; down 26%).
On the Digital Songs chart this week, Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" debuts at No. 1 with 280,000 sold -- the biggest week for a download since Taylor Swift's "Mine" bowed atop the list with 297,000 in August. It's Ke$ha's second No. 1 on the Digital Songs tally, following her premiere effort, "Tik Tok," which reigned for six weeks in January.
Last week's Digital Songs No. 1, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," falls to No. 2 with 178,000 (down 13%) while three cuts arrive in the top 10. Willow's "Whip My Hair" starts at No. 4 with 137,000, becoming the 10-year old's first hit on the list. Swift's "Sparks Fly" flies in at No. 8 with 113,000 in its first week out, while Kanye West's "Monster" jumps from No. 69 to No. 10 in its second week with 97,000 (up 81%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 31) totaled 5.80 million units, up 12% compared to the sum last week (5.17 million) and down 8% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.32 million). Year to date album sales stand at 241.94 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (279.10 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.77 million downloads, up 1% compared to last week (18.58 million) and down 2% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (19.10 million). Year to date track sales are at 937.02 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (942.55 million).