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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

Taylor Swift's '1989' album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014.

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top.

1989 sold 312,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 16 — down just 22 percent in its third frame — according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the first album to sell more than 300,000 copies in its first three weeks since Beyonce‘s self-titled effort in December 2013. Beyonce debuted at No. 1 with 617,000 (from only three days of sales), then spent a second (374,000) and third week (310,000) at No. 1.

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1989’s total sales now stand at 2 million. It continues to rank as 2014’s second-largest-selling album, behind the Frozen soundtrack (3.25 million). They are the only two albums to sell a million copies in 2014.

In total, Swift has spent 27 cumulative weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. That puts her ahead of Barbra Streisand on the list of women with the most weeks at No. 1. Among leading ladies, Whitney Houston has the most (46 weeks), followed by Mariah Carey (30), Swift (27) and Streisand (26).

It’s likely that Swift will step aside next week for a new No. 1: One Direction‘s Four. The latter could sell over 420,000 in the week ending Nov. 23, according to industry forecasters.

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At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200, rock band Foo Fighters arrive with their new studio album Sonic Highways, selling 190,000. It’s the seventh top 10 album for the act, and all but one of their studio sets have reached the top 10 (only their self-titled debut missed the region, peaking at No. 23). The new release follows 2011’s Wasting Light, which debuted at No. 1 with 325,000, marking the act’s first chart-topper.

Pink Floyd collects its 10th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new release, The Endless River, sails in at No. 3. It sold 170,000 and also debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums.

The album is the band’s first collection of new studio recordings since 1994’s The Division Bell, which debuted at No. 1 (with 465,000). The new set was assembled from music that originated during the Division Bell sessions and is advertised as a tribute to the band’s Richard Wright, who died in 2008.

Country legend Garth Brooks debuts at No. 4 with Man Against Machine, his first studio album in 13 years. It enters with 130,000 sold and also lands at No. 1 on Top Country Albums — his 14th leader on that list. His last new studio album was 2001’s Scarecrow, which debuted at No. 1 on both charts with 466,000. Man Against Machine is notably unavailable through digital retailers, except for Brooks’ own GhostTunes website, which did not report sales of the album to SoundScan.

Rapper Big K.R.I.T. logs his best sales week yet, as Cadillactica drives in at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000. It also starts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums. The artist’s previous best week came when Live From the Underground debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 41,000.

Nick Jonas is the fifth and final debut in the top 10, as his self-titled effort starts at No. 6 with just over 37,000. Jonas last charted under his own name in 2010 with the album Who I Am, credited to Nick Jonas & the Administration. It launched with 82,000. The new album is supported by the hit single “Jealous,” which climbs 11-9 on the Pop Songs Airplay chart (dated Nov. 29).

As for the rest of the top 10 on the Billboard 200: the Now 52 album slips 2-7 with 37,000 (down 39 percent) while Pentatonix‘s That’s Christmas to Me rises 23-8 with just over 34,000; up 131 percent) and Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour climbs dips 8-9 with just over 30,000 (though up 12 percent). George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away closes out the region, zipping 60-10 with 30,000 (up 309 percent). The latter blasts up the list thanks to a new deluxe version of the album, exclusively available through Walmart.
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Swift’s “Blank Space” bumps up to No. 1, selling 328,000 downloads (up 100 percent), while last week’s leader, Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” falls to No. 3 with 126,000 (down 34 percent). Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” rebounds to its peak position, rising 4-2 with 131,000 (up 7 percent).

Maroon 5‘s “Animals” ascends 5-4 with 124,000 (up 8 percent), Swift’s “Shake It Off” dips 3-5 with 93,000 (down 28 percent), and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” jumps 7-6 with 93,000 (up 10 percent). Jonas’ “Jealous” zips 16-7 with 83,000 (up 38 percent), I Love Makonnen‘s “Tuesday,” featuring Drake, flies 12-8 with 69,000 (up 2 percent) and Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” moves 10-9 with 67,000 (down 18 percent). Big Sean‘s “I Don’t F— With You,” featuring E-40, closes out the top 10, as it steps 14-10 with 65,000 (up 3 percent).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 16) totaled 5.38 million units, up 9 percent compared with the sum last week (4.94 million) and down less than 1 percent against the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.39 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 209.52 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (239.72 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.72 million downloads, down 3 percent compared with last week (18.29 million) and down 11 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (19.88 million). Year to date track sales are at 971.37 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (1.11 billion).

Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 returned to No. 1 (up one slot), selling 120,000 (down 43 percent). The previous week’s leader, Lady Gaga‘s Artpop, fell to No. 8 in its second week with 46,000 (down 82 percent).