The Billboard 200
On the chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to No. 1, selling 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the album's fourth non-consecutive week atop the list. The tally's highest new entry was found at No. 2, where Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C." started with 141,000.
Since we've already recapped the top 10, let's look at some of the movers and shakers farther down the chart.
-- Luke Bryan, One Direction: In 2011, there were 13 albums that crossed the million sales mark. So far this year, there are seven. Next in line to reach 1 million: Luke Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines" (992,000) and One Direction's "Take Me Home" (915,000). The sets rank at Nos. 30 and 4 this week, selling 25,000 and 107,000, respectively.
Bryan's "Tailgates" album has sold a total of 1.6 million since its release in August 2011. Of that, 992,000 were shifted this year and 651,000 were sold in 2011.
One Direction's "Take Me Home" will become the vocal group's second album to sell 1 million copies this year, after "Up All Night" (1.5 million and counting). Both titles were released earlier this year. One Direction could finish 2012 as the only act to sell 1 million copies of two different albums.
-- "ONXRT: Live From the Archives Volume 14": The limited edition charity compilation bows at No. 63 with 12,000 sold, the highest rank and best sales frame in the series' history. The set -- available at Chicago area Target stores -- features in-studio performances and concert broadcasts at WXRT Chicago. It benefits the Rock for Kids and Sarah's Circle charities and includes Arcade Fire, the Shins and Wilco. The "ONXRT" series earlier placed two entries on the Billboard 200: In 2008, the 11th volume spent a week on the chart at No. 175 and in 2011, the 13th volume hit No. 157 for one week.
-- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The pair's "The Heist" album earns its third straight weekly sales gain and grabs its best sales (12,000) since its third week. In turn, it rallies up the chart, moving from No. 84 to No. 64. The single "Thrift Shop" rises 29-27 on Alternative and is flirting with a debut on Mainstream Top 40. Over on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it hits a new peak, climbing 7-4 in its 10th week on the list.
-- Hinder: The band's fourth studio album, "Welcome to the Freakshow," starts with 12,000 at No. 65. It arrives almost exactly two years after the release of its last album, "All American Nightmare." The latter debuted and peaked at No. 37 on the Dec. 25, 2010, chart with 35,000. The new album's current single, "Save Me," rises 26-23 on the Active Rock chart this week.
-- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John: A week following the pair's video for "I Think You Might Like It" went viral (six million views in its first week), its parent album "This Christmas" soars with a 78% gain (selling 9,000 for the week). The collaboration set zips 165-86 in its third frame on the list and could go even higher next week. If it can get any higher than No. 59, it will be Newton-John's highest-charting album since 1988's "The Rumour," which peaked at No. 67. (In 1998, she returned with the No. 59-peaking "Back With a Heart.")
-- Luther Vandross: The late singer debuts his "Classic Christmas Album" at No. 167, marking the artist's 22nd chart entry and highest charting set since 2006. The new compilation of previously released holiday songs includes one commercially unreleased nugget: a live duet with Chaka Khan on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The album marks Vandross' loftiest rank since 2006's "The Ultimate Luther Vandross" debuted and peaked at No. 9.
-- Paloma Faith: The British singer's debut album, "Fall to Grace," arrives with 6,000, debuting at No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 170 on the Billboard 200. This week, its single "Picking Up the Pieces" jumps to a new high of No. 10 on Dance Club/Play Songs.