What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In
What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In

Billboard 200

On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut set, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans." But Mars couldn't trump country/pop diva Taylor Swift this week. The singer's latest album, "Red," rules at No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, selling 208,000 (up 25% compared to last week).

Outside the top 10 there was a lot of action, so let's take a look at some of the notable movers and shakers…

-- "The Music of 'Nashville'": The soundtrack to the ABC TV series "Nashville" earns the biggest sales week of the year for a TV soundtrack, as it starts with 56,000 sold, debuting at No. 14 on the Billboard 200. The last time a TV soundtrack sold more was about a year ago this week, when "Glee, the Music -- Season 3: Volume 7" bowed with 58,000 on the Dec. 24, 2011, chart.

The 11-song "The Music of Nashville" album features contributions from its stars, including Connie Britton, Sam Palladio and Hayden Panettiere. The set was especially popular with mass merchants like Walmart, according to SoundScan, which accounted for 58% of the album's first-week sales.

How did the "Nashville" album sell in the city of Nashville? It was the No. 2-selling album overall last week in the area, moving a little over 2,000 copies. (The city's top title was Taylor Swift's "Red," with 3,000 sold.) Nationwide, the "Nashville" album did not rank among the top five in any other city.

-- "Glee": The third volume in the Fox TV series' "Christmas" album series starts at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with 45,000 sold. Last year's second edition bowed with 71,000 at No. 6, while the first one, released in 2010, wowed with 161,000 in its premiere frame at No. 8.

The first "Glee" Christmas album would eventually peak at No. 3 in December 2010, shifting 193,000 in its best frame. That figure continues to represent the best sales week for any "Glee" album. All told, the first "Glee" Christmas set has moved 1.1 million copies in the United States and is the second-biggest selling "Glee" album after its very first release, 2009's "Glee, Season One: The Music Volume 1" (1.2 million).

The new "Glee, the Music -- The Christmas Album: Volume 3" is the 18th title to chart in the franchise's history.

-- "The Hobbit": The soundtrack to "The Hobbit" starts at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 with 36,000 sold. In doing so, it almost becomes the highest-charting album from director Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings"/"The Hobbit" series. It is barely eclipsed by the No. 29 peak of the first "Lord of the Rings" movie, "The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2001.

-- Michael Buble: The pop singer's "Christmas" album, first released in 2011, should surpass three million in U.S. sales next week. It's currently No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with 2.89 million sold, according to SoundScan. This past week, it moved another 138,000 copies.

Two weeks ago, "Christmas" became Buble's second biggest selling album ever, moving past his 2003 self-titled debut's to-date sum of 2.65 million. Buble's bestseller remains 2005's "It's Time," which has moved 3.69 million.

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