[artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift[/artist] is making this look too easy. The singer will make it an even eight weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 next week, when her [news id=”1603182″]Fearless album[/news] once again holds its iron grip on the #1 spot on sales of close to 62,600, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That tally will bring the sales to date for the singer’s second album to a hair under 2.4 million. And while the rest of the top 10 was virtually unchanged from the week before (and the week before that, and the week before that), a trio of unusual suspects almost managed to sneak in, thanks to the continuing January sales doldrums.
Lauded indie violinist/singer/songwriter Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast debuts in the #12 slot on sales of 25,700. And three weeks after the vinyl version was an instant sell-out, didgeridoo-loving trio [artist id=”1236835″]Animal Collective[/artist] will hit #13 with their critic-magnet Merriweather Post Pavilion album, which sold of 24,700 in its first week out in CD format. A few slots behind, at #16, Bon Iver moved 22,600 copies of the Blood Bank EP. [artist id=”2417305″]Fleet Foxes[/artist] also continue their unlikely march up the charts with their eight-month-old self-titled debut — helped no doubt by an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” — bumping up 10 spots to #36 on sales of 13,500 for their highest chart position and third-best sales week to date. The news was not quite as sunny for perpetually gloomy falsetto drama king/queen Antony Hegarty, whose latest [artist id=”1618802″]Antony & the Johnsons[/artist] album, Crying Light, debuted at #65 with 7,800 in sales.
But back to the top 10: [artist id=”1236911″]Beyoncé[/artist]’s I Am … Sasha Fierce will hold steady at #2 (50,900), as will [artist id=”760446″]Nickelback[/artist]’s Dark Horse at #3 (45,000). Fashionista [artist id=”1230523″]Kanye West[/artist] clicks up a spot to #4 with 808s & Heartbreak (39,200). The “Twilight” soundtrack settles in at #5 (33,100), followed by Keyshia Cole’s Different Me (31,300) and [artist id=”501686″]Britney Spears[/artist]’ Circus (30,800), which is circling in on 1.3 million total copies sold.
The top 10 is rounded out by Jamie Foxx’s Intuition at #8 (30,300), the “Notorious” soundtrack (29,000) and the only new entry, [artist id=”976″]Mariah Carey[/artist]’s Ballads collection (28,700).
Jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee boogie in at #62 with their latest, Mantis (8,100). Meanwhile, the missile-like descent of [artist id=”846″]Guns N’ Roses[/artist]’ Chinese Democracy continues unabated, as the once eagerly awaited album will plunge nearly 25 spots to #75 on sales of 7,200 for a two-month total of just over half a million copies.
With a Super Bowl appearance and a full-court media blitz, [artist id=”975″]Bruce Springsteen[/artist] has a chance to shake up the chart next week with the debut of his latest E Street-assisted effort, Working on a Dream. Finally!