The Billboard 200:
On the chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with his debut, "Dreams & Nightmares," which started in the No. 2 position with 165,000. Meek Mill's set was one of five new entries in the top 10, which also included arrivals from Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Neil Young and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
As always, there was other news on the charts this week. Let's take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200.
-- Calvin Harris: The DJ/producer/singer's third studio album, "18 Months," dances onto the Billboard 200 with 17,000 sold (his best week ever) and also starts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums. The set includes collaborations with Rihanna ("We Found Love") and Florence Welch ("Sweet Nothing"). Until now, Harris had never sold more than 2,000 copies of an album in a single week.
-- Blake Shelton: The newly-crowned Country Music Association entertainer of the year earns big gains with his three charting albums: "Loaded: the Best of Blake Shelton" (a re-entry at No. 143, up 49%), "Red River Blue" (No. 49, up 179%) and "Cheers, It's Christmas" (No. 28, up 47%).
-- Paul McCartney, fun.: McCartney and fun. brighten the new Hear Music compilation "Holidays Rule," which starts at No. 178 on the Billboard 200 with 3,000 sold. McCartney turns in a rare Christmas tune for the set (covering "The Christmas Song"), while fun. covers "Sleigh Ride." The Shins take on McCartney's holiday favorite "Wonderful Christmastime," while the Civil Wars offer "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."
The highest-selling tune on the "Holidays Rule" album was, unsurprisingly, McCartney's "Christmas Song." It moved 1,000 downloads last week, enabling its No. 26 debut on the Holiday Digital Songs chart.
-- Swedish House Mafia: The trio's album "Until Now" takes an expected deep dive in its second week on the Billboard 200, falling by 73% to 5,000 in sales (dropping 74 slots to No. 88). Big second-week falls for electronic dance music acts are fairly common: A few weeks ago, "Clarity," by fellow EDM DJ Zedd, fell by 65% in its second week while deadmau5's ">album title goes here<" fell 74% in week two.
-- " Wreck It Ralph": Speaking of EDM acts, the soundtrack to the animated film "Wreck-It Ralph" debuts at No. 106 (4,000), sporting a number of electronic dance selections -- including one by Skrillex. The DJ/producer also has a quick cameo in the movie, as (naturally) a DJ. Over on the Top Soundtrack Albums chart, "Ralph" breaks in at No. 5.