In an other slow week on the Billboard 200 charts, Taylor Swift slipped a few spots to #3 with Red, which saw business trail off by 29 percent to 49,000 as sales passed the 3.2 million mark.
She was bested by career Christian music singer Chris Tomlin, whose Burning Lights nabbed the #1 spot with 73,000 units moved, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. That was more than enough to best the #2 debut of masked rappers Hollywood Undead, whose Notes From the Underground was at #2 (53,000), coming in just ahead of the soundtrack to “Les Miserables,” (52,000) which fell from the #1 spot as sales dipped by 44 percent.
The other debuts in the top 10 were from hair-tastic makeup metalers Black Veil Brides with Wretched and Divine (#7, 42,000) and Irish stomp rockers the Dropkick Murphys, in at #9 with Signed & Sealed in Blood (#9, 33,000).
The rest of the top 10: “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack (#5, 45,000), Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (#6, 42,000), the Lumineers self-titled debut (#8, 37,000) and One Direction, Take Me Home (#10, 29,000).
After shooting up to #2 thanks to an iTunes sale last week, Mumford & Sons fell 9 spots to #11 with Babel as sales were down by 68 percent. In fact, with the exception of the new faces, every single title in the top 20 was down by double digits in the traditionally slow early January period. With the exception of a 15 percent uptick by Kelly Clarkson’s greatest hits collection (#23, 18,000) and the #34 debut from Conor Maynard, Contrast (12,000), every album in the top 65 was down between 13 and 66 percent.
Over on the iTunes singles chart, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” was at #1, followed by Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.” Swedish House Mafia were at #6 with “Don’t You Worry Child,” then “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull, “Home” by Phillip Phillips, “Beauty and the Beat” from Justin Bieber and “Sure Be Cool if You Did” by Blake Shelton.
The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack topped the iTunes album chart, beating out the Hollywood Undead, “Les Miserables,” Swift, Tomlin, Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions, the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Mars and Macklemore.
Things should pick up next week thanks to albums from A$AP Rocky and an unplugged album from the Civil Wars.