It looks like Taylor Swift’s run at #1 will be short, but very sweet. Swift’s Red will make it three weeks in a row atop the Billboard 200 next week thanks to sales of 196,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. That brings her total to date to just over 1.7 million, making Red the best-selling album released in 2012 to date.
There were some new faces in the top10, including the NOW 44 compilation (#2, 99,000), R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo’s R.E.D. (#4, 66,000), veteran rockers Aerosmith’s first collection of new material in more than a decade, Music From Another Dimension (#5, 63,000) and Miracle, a holiday collection from Christian act Third Day (#10, 29,000).
The rest of the top 10: Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas Baby (#3, 74,000), Jason Aldean, Night Train (#6, 48,000), Mumford & Sons, Babel (#7, 41,000), Meek Mill, Dreams & Nightmares (#8, 41,000) and Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city (#9, 40,000).
A number of Christmas albums and compilations began their annual march up the ranks as well, including discs from Lady Antebellum (#11), Blake Shelton (#14), Michael Bublé (#18), Scotty McCreery (#19) and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (#27).
Over on the iTunes singles chart, it was another week at #1 for Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which bested Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Ke$ha’s “Die Young” and Maroon 5’s “One More Night.” Flo Rida hung in at #6 with “I Cry,” followed by Fun.’s “Some Nights,” the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” Phillip Phillips’s “Home” and Adele’s “Skyfall.”
Swift was top dog on the iTunes album chart as well, followed by pre-orders for the deluxe “Yearbook” edition of One Direction’s Take Me Home, Ne-Yo, Mumford & Sons, Lamar, Mill, Punk Goes Pop 5, Rihanna’s Unapologetic, Aldean and the self-titled debut from the Lumineers.
Swift’s trip to the top will end next week thanks to new releases from One Direction, Christina Aguilera, Green Day and the latest “Twilight” soundtrack.