Even with a second-week sales drop of nearly 70 percent, Taylor Swift will still easily top the Billboard 200 with her third album, Speak Now. After moving an impressive million-plus in its debut, Now’s second-week sales of 320,000 easily beat the debut of country singer Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, which comes in at #2 on next week’s chart with sales of 193,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
And, in just two weeks, Swift has already slipped into fifth place on the list of best-selling albums of the year, with nearly 1.4 million copies blowing out the door. The top 10 featured three other debuts, including a #4 bow from Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You (55,000), Neil Diamond’s Dreams (#8, 35,000) and Brad Paisley’s Hits Alive (#9, 31,000).
The rest of the top 10 are Sugarland’s Incredible Machine (#3, 60,000), Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being (#5, 45,000), Kings of Leon’s Come Around Sundown (#6, 40,000), Eminem’s Recovery (#7, 38,000) and Elton John and Leon Russell’s Union (#10, 27,000).
The latest slice of psychedelic hip-hop from Pharrell’s N.E.R.D., Nothing, winds up at #21 (20,000). Meanwhile, rockers Escape the Fate debut at #25 with their self-titled album (18,000), Matt & Kim notched a #30 bow with Sidewalks (17,000), and Good Charlotte are just behind at #31 with Cardiology (17,000).
Other new faces included the Weezer compilation of previously unreleased songs, Death to False Metal (#48, 10,000), and the reissue of that band’s landmark second album, Pinkerton (#73, 6,000).
Swift also dominates the iTunes albums chart again, topping the list, followed by Aldean, Matt & Kim, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, then Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 3, Carey’s Christmas album, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, pre-orders for Rihanna’s Loud and Lil Wayne.
On the iTunes singles chart, Rihanna was tops with her Drake collabo “What’s My Name?,” beating out the smash Ke$ha hit “We R Who We R” and the super-sticky “Like a G6″ from Far East Movement. iTunes does not provide sales figures, but it was another good week for Pink, who held in at #4 with “Raise Your Glass,” followed by Rihanna again with “Only Girl (In the World),” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Nelly’s still-strong “Just a Dream,” Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair,” Trey Songz’s “Bottoms Up” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.”
Swift will probably have to cede the top spot next week with the arrival of reality-TV singing sensation Susan Boyle’s second album, along with new efforts from Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire and the deluxe repackaging of 30 Seconds to Mars’ This Is War.