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Chart Moves: Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Spends Year on the Charts, Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ Returns

There were a number of movers and shakers on the Billboard 200, as usual, including sets from Chase Rice, Natalie Grant, Taylor Swift and Passenger.

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Pearl Jam claimed its fifth No. 1 album with the arrival of “Lightning Bolt.” The set logged the largest debut this year for a rock album, starting with 166,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six debuts in the top 10 this week, which also included arrivals from Paul McCartney, the Avett Brothers, Scotty McCreery, Willie Nelson and the Head and the Heart.

There were a number of movers and shakers on the Billboard 200, as usual. Let’s take a look at some of them:

— Chase Rice, “Ready Set Roll” (EP) – No. 16 – The former “Survivor” TV show contestant-turned-singer/songwriter makes a splashy debut with his new EP, selling 17,000 copies. He co-wrote the longest-running No. 1 single in the history of the Hot Country Songs chart, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (24 weeks at No. 1).

— Natalie Grant, “Hurricane” – No. 17 – Singer/songwriter Natalie Grant scores her best week ever on the charts, as her new album “Hurricane” blows in. The set debuts with her largest sales week ever (16,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and arrives at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Christian Albums.

It’s both her highest-charting album on the Billboard 200, and her first No. 1 on the Christian chart. She previously topped out at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 with her last set, 2010’s “Love Revolution.” Over on the Christian tally, she notched a pair of No. 2-peaking sets with “Love Revolution” and its predecessor, 2008’s “Relentless.”

— Taylor Swift, “Red” – Taylor Swift’s “Red” album spends its first year on the Billboard 200, as it dips 58-83 in its 52nd week on the chart. So far, the set has sold 3.84 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted a year ago on the chart, selling 1.21 million in its first week.

“Red” has so far generated four top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its lead single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” spent three weeks at No. 1, marking Swift’s first chart-topper on that list. “Red” also spawned the top 10 entries “Begin Again” (No. 7), “Red” (No. 6) and “I Knew You Were Trouble” (No. 2).

Swift’s total U.S. album sales — counting all of her studio sets, live efforts and assorted other stray releases — stand at 22.4 million.

— Passenger, “All the Little Lights” – No. 96 – After spending 45 weeks on the Heatseekers Albums chart (eight of those at No. 1), Passenger finally graduates from the tally, and into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 (jumping 108-96 with a 16% sales gain). Meanwhile, the album’s single “Let Her Go” rises 38-34 on Mainstream Top 40.

— Toad the Wet Sprocket, “New Costellation” – No. 97 – The Kickstarter-funded album — which debuts with 4,000 — is the act’s first studio set since 1997’s “Coil” debuted and peaked at No. 19. The Kickstarter campaign generated $264,000 in 60 days, after the band initially aimed to raise $50,000.

— Eric Clapton, “Unplugged” – No. 126 – An expanded reissue of the 1992 album returns it to the tally for the first time since 1995, as it rebounds with 3,000 sold (up 4,342% from essentially zero copies the week previous). With 138 weeks on the list, it is by far Clapton’s longest-charting album.

“Unplugged” debuted on the Billboard 200 chart dated Sept. 12, 1992 and went on to spend three weeks at No. 1, beginning on March 13, 1993.

— Gary Numan, “Splinter” – No. 175 – The electronic music pioneer (famed for his No. 9 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Cars” in 1980) returns to the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1981. He’s released numerous albums in the interim, though “Spliter” is his first studio set since 2006.