The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 chart this week, all the news seemed to revolve around Taylor Swift and her striking debut at No. 1 with "Red." The set sold 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it just one of 18 albums to sell a million units in a single week since the firm began tracking sales in 1991.
But, there was other news on the charts this week -- really! Let's take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200 and elsewhere:
-- Halo 4 Soundtrack: The companion album to the upcoming game (due out Nov. 6 in the U.S.) becomes the highest-charting video game soundtrack ever, as it debuts at No. 50 on the Billboard 200. The set, which sold just under 9,000 in its first week, surpasses the No. 107 peak of 2007's "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Companion Pack." This isn't the highest sales week, however, for a game soundtrack. That record continues to be held by "Halo 2," which moved a tiny bit more than "Halo 4" when the former was it in its second week on the chart (Dec. 4, 2004).
Over on the Top Soundtracks chart, "Halo 4" debuts at No. 3. It's the fifth title from the game franchise to chart, following "Halo 2" (No. 12 in 2004), "Halo 3" (No. 18 in 2007), "Halo 3: ODST" (No. 15 in 2009) and "Halo: Reach" (No. 8 in 2010).
-- Casting Crowns: The Christian band's "Come to the Well" earns the largest positional climb on the chart this week, rising 45 slots to No. 40. It concurrently earns a 79% sales gain, moving another 10,000 copies thanks in part to $5 sale pricing at the influential Family Christian retail chain. The album surpasses the half-million sales mark as well, becoming the group's fifth (of five) studio set to sell at least 500,000 copies.
-- Peter Gabriel: His classic 1986 album "So" returns to the charts this week thanks to its 25th anniversary remastered reissue that hit stores last week. A greatly expanded version of the set debuts at No. 70 (6,000 sold), while the standard single-disc original album re-enters the Catalog Albums chart at No. 43 (2,000). Due to the former album's abundance of bonus audio content, it charts separately from the latter set.
"So" is Gabriel's longest-charting album on the Billboard 200, having racked 93 weeks on the tally between 1986 and 1989. The album peaked at No. 2 for three consecutive weeks in July and August of 1986, stuck behind the soundtrack to the film "Top Gun." Gabriel has yet to claim at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, though he has claimed a pair of No. 2 sets: "So" and its follow-up, 1992's "Us."
-- Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Richard Marx: Christmas albums are starting to populate the charts in earnest, as Lady Antebellum's new "On This Winter's Night" debuts at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and Colbie Caillat's "Christmas in the Sand" starts at No. 93. Over on the Top Holiday Albums chart, Lady A debuts at No. 1 while Caillat enters at No. 4. Farther down the Holiday chart's ranking is Richard Marx, who bows at No. 21 with "Christmas Spirit."
With Lady A, Scott McCreery's "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" and Blake Shelton's "Cheers, It's Christmas" ranking at Nos. 1-3 on the Holiday Albums chart, this week marks the first time in the SoundScan era that the top three on Holiday Albums are all country sets.