Earlier this year One Direction debuted on the Billboard 200 chart with 176,000 copies of their first album sold in week one, and months later their follow-up Take Me Home has clocked in the third-largest first week sales of the year with 540, 000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Taylor Swift remained at #2 with an additional 144,000 copies of Red sold and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Soundtrack debuted at #3 with 93,000.
Toronto singer the Weeknd breached the top five, pulling in at #4 with his major-label debut Trilogy, but Christina Aguilera had a disappointing first week, charting at #7 after moving only 73,000 copies of Lotus. Green Day’s ¡Dos! landed at #9 with 69,000 sold, followed by Lana Del Rey’s Paradise closing out the top 10.
Over on the iTunes album charts, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips commanded the #1 spot with The World from the Side of the Moon, while Swift’s Red held at #2 and the “Twilight” soundtrack completed the top three. AC/DC’s re-release of Back in Black and Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day managed to trump One Direction however, pushing Take Me Home to #7.
Cassadee Pope’s “Over You (The Voice”) had a big showing at #1 on the song’s charts, with PSY’s “Gangnam Style” holding tight at #2 and Ke$ha’s “Die Young” at #3. Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” pulled in at #4 while Rihanna’s “Diamonds” rolled in at #8, topping Pink’s “Try” at #9 and another offering from “The Voice” at #10.