Taylor Swift Makes It Three In A Row Atop Billboard Albums Chart
Kanye West, T.I., Katy Perry and other big names see holiday sales boosts.
By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ)
Taylor Swift is going to have a pretty excellent New Year's Eve (even though she'll be sharing a stage with ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas). She'll close out 2008 with the #1 album in the country, as her Fearless will top the Billboard albums chart yet again.
Fearless sold more than 262,000 copies in the last full retail week of 2008, giving Swift her third-consecutive week at #1 and pushing sales of the album past the 2 million mark in just seven weeks.
Following closely at #2 was Beyoncé, whose I Am ... Sasha Fierce sold almost 211,000 copies in its sixth week of release. Britney Spears' Circus falls to #3, with sales of just under 203,000 copies, but the album still managed to break the 1 million mark in its fourth week. Nickelback's Dark Horse sits at #4, with sales of 177,000 copies.
Perhaps benefitting from some last-minute holiday shopping, Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak jumped from #11 to #5, selling more than 165,000 copies. The "Twilight" soundtrack is next at #6, with sales of more than 148,000 copies. Keyshia Cole's Different Me — which bowed at #2 on last week's chart — falls to #7, selling close to 127,000 copies.
The 29th volume of the ubiquitous Now That's What I Call Music! collection, Jamie Foxx's Intuition and David Cook's self-titled debut round out the top 10.
There were plenty of other big names who posted tremendous leaps in sales, thanks again to those last-minute shoppers. Sales of T.I.'s Paper Trail jumped 43 percent, bringing the album all the way up from #34 to #15. Katy Perry's One of the Boys posted a 41 percent sales boost, rising from #44 to #23. Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III saw a 53 percent jump, moving from #49 to #32. Metallica's Death Magnetic,Ludacris' Theater of the Mind,Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and Ne-Yo's Year of the Gentleman also posted double-digit percentage bumps.
And perhaps owing to their placement on several year-end Best-Of lists, albums like MGMT's Oracular Spectacular,TV on the Radio's Dear Science and Fleet Foxes' self-titled disc all saw huge jumps in sales too. (And, by the way, you can still check out our own year end lists: the Mixtape Monday Awards, Bigger Than the Sound's top albums and songs, and the rest of the MTV News staff picks.)