On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1, selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the Girls and Calvin Harris’ Motion.
Of course, there was lots of chart action outside of the top 10. Let’s take a closer look:
— The Doobie Brothers, Southbound – No. 16 — Their CMA Awards performance (Nov. 5) helps the debut of this album (16,000 sold), on which the group covers its hits with the help of current country stars. It’s the Doobie Brothers’ highest-charting album since 1980’s One Step Closer (No. 3).
— Neil Young, Storytone – No. 33 – Storytone marks Young’s 39th top 40 album (with 11,000 sold), moving him ahead of Elton John (38) as the act with the seventh-most top 40 entries. Frank Sinatra has the most, with 56.
— Various Artists, Ellen’s The Only Holiday Album You’ll Ever Need – Volume 1 – No. 70 – The humorously-titled set (should we expect volume two next year?) follows the talk show host’s Ellen’s I’m Gonna Make You Dance Jams (No. 38, 2013). On the Holiday Albums chart, the new effort debuts at No. 6.
— Various Artists, Christmas With Nashville – No. 105 – ABC TV’s Nashville continues to churn out albums, as this new Christmas title starts with 4,000 sold. In less than two years, eight Nashville-generated albums have reached various Billboard lists.
— Celine Dion, These Are Special Times – No. 128 – The sturdy-selling album – the fourth-biggest-selling holiday set since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991 – jumps back onto the tally. It has sold 5.32 million to date.
— Johnny Mathis, Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration – No. 192 – Mathis, long a favorite with Christmas music fans, returns to the chart with this holiday collection. 10.5 percent of the 200-position chart consists of Christmas titles, and the number will only grow larger as we jingle all the way to Dec. 25. Christmas album sales were up 32.5 percent for the week.