Stop us if you've heard this one before: Taylor Swift's Fearless will top next week's Billboard albums chart.
The country crossover princess sold 63,300 copies of her sophomore album to top the chart for the seventh week (and sixth in a row). That's a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Usher's Confessions spent nine weeks at #1 back in 2004. Fearless has sold more than 2.3 million copies since being released in November.
All-in-all, it was a slow week for album sales. Beyoncé's I Am ... Sasha Fierce landed at #2, selling just over 49,200 copies. Nickelback's Dark Horse follows at #3, with sales of more than 46,400 copies.
The week's biggest debut belongs to the "Notorious" soundtrack, which sold more than 42,900 copies to bow at #4. The accompaniment to the Biggie biopic — which features some of rapper's biggest hits, plus tracks from Jay-Z (featuring Santogold) and Faith Evans — becomes the fifth soundtrack to debut in the top five over the past year, according to SoundScan. Speaking of movie tunes, A.R. Rahman's Golden Globe-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack posted a 116 percent rise in sales (bumping up to #16) after last week's awards show.
Rounding out the top 10 are Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak at #5, with sales of more than 39,500 copies, the omnipresent "Twilight" soundtrack at #6 (36,000 copies), Britney Spears' Circus at #7 (34,000 copies), Jamie Foxx's Intuition at #8 (31,400 copies) and. Keyshia Cole's Different Me at #9 (31,300). Perhaps benefitting from the return of "American Idol," David Cook's self-titled debut posted a 58 percent jump in sales to land at #10, with sales of more than 30,600 copies.
Other debuts on this next week's chart include the Derek Trucks Band's Already Free at #19, Heather Headley's Audience of One at #27 and (hed) p.e.'s New World Orphans at #72.