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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Spends 11th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Taylor Swift's '1989' claims an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, tying 'Fearless' as Swift's longest-running No. 1 effort.

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2015 Grammy Awards

While the Grammy Awards aired on CBS TV on the final day of Nielsen’s latest tracking week, the show generates significant gains for many of its performers and winners. Take Sam Smith, for example. The singer won four Grammy Awards and performed on the show — he registers a 44 percent unit increase for his In the Lonely Hour album. It holds steady at No. 4, but earns the chart’s Greatest Gainer award — indicating the list’s largest unit increase.

All four of Smith’s award wins were televised on the Grammy Awards broadcast as well: best new artist, best pop vocal album, song of the year, and record of the year. He also performed the album’s “Stay With Me” (winner of both song of the year and record of the year), joined by Mary J. Blige.

Expect further gains for Grammy-related artists, albums and songs next week, after a full week’s worth of post-show impact.


Starting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 is Fifth Harmony‘s first full-length album, Reflection. It enters with 80,000 units (with 62,000 of that coming from traditional album sales). The five-member female vocal group visited the top 10 once previously with their first EP, 2013’s Better Together. It debuted and peaked at No. 6.

Meghan Trainor’s Title album slips 3-6 with 59,000 units (down 13 percent).

Next up on the list, legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan notches his 21st top 10 album, as his Shadows In the Night arrives at No. 7 with 50,000 units. The new album consists of pop standards recorded by Frank Sinatra, including “Autumn Leaves” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” Of the first-week unit total for Shadows In the Night, 99 percent were pure album sales.

Dylan’s first top 10 album came almost 50 years ago, when Bringing It All Back Home rose 11-10 on the chart dated May 29, 1965.

Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint is steady at No. 8 on the new Billboard 200, shifting 48,000 units (down 2 percent). Maroon 5’s V is also a non-mover at No. 9 with 47,000 units (up 10 percent).

Rounding out the top 10 is a new arrival from Diana Krall. Her new covers album, Wallflower, blooms at No. 10 with 44,000 units in its first week. The set features Krall’s takes on such pop oldies as Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why,” The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin'” and Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” The new album marks Krall’s sixth top 10 effort.