[artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] is making this look way, way too easy. The country superstar will notch her 10th time at #1 on the Billboard album tally next week, when her unstoppable Fearless dominates once again. With sales of 62,300 according to Nielsen SoundScan, Swift easily coasts for yet another week as the disc steams toward the 2.7 million sold mark.
Debuting not far behind in the #2 slot, at 58,100, is a solo album from former Gap member Charlie Wilson, Uncle Charlie, which features production from [artist id="1998098"]T-Pain[/artist], Stargate and the Underdogs, and cameos from [artist id="1133"]Snoop Dogg[/artist], Pain and [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist]. [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist]‘s I Am … Sasha Fierce stormed back into the top 10 after a week on the fringes, landing at #5 with sales of 40,500. Disco-stick-riding dancing queen [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] will finally make it to the big leagues, landing at #10 after selling nearly 32,100 copies of Fame, marking the highest chart position yet for the trippy club album.
San Francisco easy rockers [artist id="1946832"]the Fray[/artist] will manage to hold steady, inching up a notch to #3 with their self-titled album thanks to 53,100 units moved. They’re followed by [artist id="760446"]Nickelback[/artist]‘s Dark Horse, which jumps seven spots back up to #4 with 43,200 converts. After falling to #14 for a minute,Jamie Foxx also moves back into the top mix at #6, selling 32,600 copies of Intuition. That’s just enough wiggle room (less than 50 copies) to slip barely ahead of last week’s #2 debut from India.Arie, Vol. 2 — Testimony: Love & Politics, which falls to #7. [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] also reclaims a spot in the big show, moving eight spots up to #8 with sales of almost 32,500 copies of 808s & Heartbreak.At press time, ‘Ye was just one copy behind India.Arie, and just a couple hundred ahead of Album of the Year Grammy-winning Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, which slips 7 spots to #9 on sales of just over 32,000.
As T.I. prepares to head to prison for a year, his Paper Trail moves another six spots up the charts to #12 on sales of 29,300. That’s one spot behind the chart debut from former Smiths singer Morrissey‘s latest solo album, Years of Refusal, which moved 31,300 copies.
The news was not as good for Bruce Springsteen, whose Working on a Dream saw a 55 percent dip in sales to 29,000, dropping his latest with the E Street Band down to seven spots to #13 in its fourth week on the chart. British pop tart Lily Allen had an even steeper cliff dive, losing 61 percent of her debut-week sales for It’s Not Me, It’s You, selling 27,500 copies to land at #16 after a top-five bow.
The post-Grammy bump also turned a bit cold for Best New Artist Adele , whose 19 suffered a 60 percent slide, dropping nine spots to #19 on 22,700 units moved. “SNL”-spawned comedy trio Lonely Island also saw the laughter fade, as the Andy Samberg-led group’s debut, Incredibad, crashed 56 percent, dropping to #24 on sales of 20,700. Bobby Valentino suffered a nearly 70 percent drop, as his Rebirth ages and falls 20 spots to #27 in its second week on the charts thanks to barely 20,000 in sales.
Even before the movie picked up eight Oscars, the soundtrack to “Slumdog Millionaire” saw some chart love, leaping 26 spots to #22 on sales of close to 21,100, which will no doubt get another bump next week thanks to the release of a remix of Best Original Song “Jai Ho,” featuring the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger. Indie singer/songwriter fave M. Ward — of She & Him fame — scored a solid debut at #31 with his latest solo effort, Hold Time, which moved nearly 18,800 copies, notching his best sales week ever.
Emo-punkers Thursday comes in at #56 with their Epitaph debut, Common Existence,, which moved 10,700 units. Franz Ferdinand rocket up more than 30 spots to #70 in their fourth week for Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, thanks to 8,70 more fans. The quirky double-EP from Beirut, March of the Zapotec, sneaks in at #87 with 7,200 in sales. And Austin self-harm rockers … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead pop in at #170 with 3,500 in sales of Century of Self.
Look for the soundtrack to the “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” movie to hit next week, along with the latest from Lamb of God.