The deck has been shuffled at the top of the Billboard albums chart, but the ladies will still rule next week as the year comes to an estrogen-fueled close. After [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist] debuted at #1 last week with Circus, her sales plunged 60 percent and she slips to #2, making way for [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] to regain the top position, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Swift's Fearless was able to leapfrog Spears with sales of 248,800, while Circus took a tumble from its half-million debut to 200,100. And hanging tough at #3 is [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist]'s I Am ... Sasha Fierce, which saw sales hold relatively unchanged at 159,200 copies.
With few other major releases for the week, the rest of the top 10 looks quite familiar. [artist id="760446"]Nickelback[/artist]'s Dark Horse moves up one spot to #5 on sales of 156,100, followed by the [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] soundtrack with 131,800. [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]'s 808s & Heartbreak slips two spots to #6 (with 126,800 hearts broken), followed by the Now That's What I Call Music! 29 compilation, [artist id="1027"]AC/DC[/artist]'s Wal-Mart exclusive Black Ice (which shifted 110,100 units) and the soundtrack to [movie id="338328"]"High School Musical 3: Senior Year"[/movie] (with 107,200 in sales). "American Idol" winner [artist id="2352551"]David Cook[/artist] rounds out the top 10 with 103,500 converts to his self-titled debut.
The news was not so great for a couple of other big names, as [artist id="1240040"]Akon[/artist]'s Freedom plunged from #7 to #18 in its second week on the charts, and [artist id="846"]Guns N' Roses[/artist]' Chinese Democracy continued its backward march, falling from #18 to #29 on sales of 47,200 copies.
The only major debuts of the week appear a bit further down on the charts. [artist id="1111145"]Musiq Soulchild[/artist] clocks in at #11 with On My Radio, which sold 91,500 copies, followed by [artist id="1184"]Common[/artist]'s electro-funky Universal Mind Control with 81,700 in sales. [artist id="678"]Brandy[/artist]'s fifth album, Human, makes it into the top 20 at #15 with 72,800.
Other notable debuts include [artist id="760529"]Avant[/artist]'s self-titled album at #26, thanks to sales of 52,000, and [artist id="1230385"]Maroon 5[/artist]'s remix album, Call and Response — featuring reimaginings by [artist id="1161216"]Swizz Beatz[/artist], [artist id="1215664"]David Banner[/artist], [artist id="1208352"]Mark Ronson[/artist] and [artist id="1184567"]Deerhoof[/artist] — crawling onto the charts at #73.
Maybe it's the Christmas season, but indie rock appears to be in the air. The self-titled full-length debut from pastoral indie folk darlings [artist id="2417305"]Fleet Foxes[/artist] claws back to #181 on sales of 5,900, two months after achieving their highest position to date at #67. Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut also made its way back onto the charts for the first time in two months at #189 with 5,400 units snapped up. And Bon Iver's For Emma Forever Ago slips under the wire at #198 thanks to 5,200 units moved, its strongest sales to date after debuting at #181 back in February.
Next week, the top spots could get shaken up when [artist id="1235716"]Fall Out Boy[/artist]'s Folie à Deux finally crashes the charts, along with [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist]'s Intuition.