Bruno Mars Debuts At #2 With Unorthodox Jukebox

Taylor Swift holds on to #1 spot, Game comes in at #6.

He came close, but Bruno Mars will fall just short of a #1 debut with his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, 
 which was kept out of the top spot by, yes, Taylor Swift.

Jukebox will hit the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to sales of 192,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. That’s nearly four times as many copies as Mars’ 2010 debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, shifted in its first week, when it came in at #3 on sales of 55,000.

Despite the strong effort from Mars, Swift kept her lock on the #1 slot, as Red moved another 208,000 copies, bringing its two-month total to just under 2.6 million. Despite boasting a guaranteed #1 debut in a number of interviews, West Coast rapper Game had to settle for a #6 bow for Jesus Piece, 
 which sold 86,000 copies.

The rest of the top 10: Michael Bublé, Christmas (#3, 138,000), One Direction, Take Me Home (#4, 127,000), Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas Baby (#5, 108,000), Phillip Phillips, The World From the Side of the Moon (#7, 68,000), Blake Shelton, Cheers, It’s Christmas (#8, 68,000), Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire (#9, 61,000) and Lady Antebellum, On This Winter’s Night (#10, 60,000).

The third effort in Green Day‘s album trilogy, ¡Tre!, landed just outside the top 10 at #13 (58,000), while the soundtrack to the hit show “Nashville” was just behind at #14 on sales of 56,000. It was a rough second week for Wiz Khalifa, whose O.N.I.F.C. plummeted 24 slots to #26 as sales trailed off by 71 percent to 40,000.

Further down the line, Outkast rapper Big Boi hit #34 with his solo album, Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (30,000) and late singer Jenni Rivera 
 was back on the charts at #38 with La Misma Gran Senora (27,000), a greatest hits collection that was scheduled for release before her December 9 death in a plane crash.

On the iTunes singles chart, Mars was tops with “Locked Out of Heaven,” besting Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which was followed by the Lumineers‘ “Ho Hey,””The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope‘s “Stupid Boy,” will.i.am‘s hookup with Britney Spears, “Scream & Shout,” Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” Justin Bieber‘s “Beauty and a Beat,” Macklemore‘s “Thrift Shop,” Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” and Ke$ha‘s “Die Young.”

Pre-orders for the 24-track 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief album helped that compilation take the #1 spot on the iTunes album chart, leaving Mars with another runner-up showing, followed by Game, Bublé, the “Glee” Christmas album, Swift, the score to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Khalifa, the self-titled debut from the Lumineers and Mumford & SonsBabel.

Next week’s chart will see the debut of T.I.‘s long-awaited Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head album, as well as Chief Keef‘s Finally Rich, 
 the “Les Miserables” soundtrack and the iTunes 12-12-12 compilation.


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