Taylor Swift Retakes Top Billboard Spot As Britney Spears Slips To #2

New albums by Common and Brandy fail to break the top 10.

The deck has been shuffled at the top of the Billboard albums chart, but the ladies will still rule next week as the year comes to an estrogen-fueled close. After [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist] debuted at #1 last week with Circus, her sales plunged 60 percent and she slips to #2, making way for [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] to regain the top position, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Swift's Fearless was able to leapfrog Spears with sales of 248,800, while Circus took a tumble from its half-million debut to 200,100. And hanging tough at #3 is [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist]'s I Am ... Sasha Fierce, which saw sales hold relatively unchanged at 159,200 copies.

With few other major releases for the week, the rest of the top 10 looks quite familiar. [artist id="760446"]Nickelback[/artist]'s Dark Horse moves up one spot to #5 on sales of 156,100, followed by the [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] soundtrack with 131,800. [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]'s 808s & Heartbreak slips two spots to #6 (with 126,800 hearts broken), followed by the Now That's What I Call Music! 29 compilation, [artist id="1027"]AC/DC[/artist]'s Wal-Mart exclusive Black Ice (which shifted 110,100 units) and the soundtrack to [movie id="338328"]"High School Musical 3: Senior Year"[/movie] (with 107,200 in sales). "American Idol" winner [artist id="2352551"]David Cook[/artist] rounds out the top 10 with 103,500 converts to his self-titled debut.

The news was not so great for a couple of other big names, as [artist id="1240040"]Akon[/artist]'s Freedom plunged from #7 to #18 in its second week on the charts, and [artist id="846"]Guns N' Roses[/artist]' Chinese Democracy continued its backward march, falling from #18 to #29 on sales of 47,200 copies.

The only major debuts of the week appear a bit further down on the charts. [artist id="1111145"]Musiq Soulchild[/artist] clocks in at #11 with On My Radio, which sold 91,500 copies, followed by [artist id="1184"]Common[/artist]'s electro-funky Universal Mind Control with 81,700 in sales. [artist id="678"]Brandy[/artist]'s fifth album, Human, makes it into the top 20 at #15 with 72,800.

Other notable debuts include [artist id="760529"]Avant[/artist]'s self-titled album at #26, thanks to sales of 52,000, and [artist id="1230385"]Maroon 5[/artist]'s remix album, Call and Response — featuring reimaginings by [artist id="1161216"]Swizz Beatz[/artist], [artist id="1215664"]David Banner[/artist], [artist id="1208352"]Mark Ronson[/artist] and [artist id="1184567"]Deerhoof[/artist] — crawling onto the charts at #73.

Maybe it's the Christmas season, but indie rock appears to be in the air. The self-titled full-length debut from pastoral indie folk darlings [artist id="2417305"]Fleet Foxes[/artist] claws back to #181 on sales of 5,900, two months after achieving their highest position to date at #67. Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut also made its way back onto the charts for the first time in two months at #189 with 5,400 units snapped up. And Bon Iver's For Emma Forever Ago slips under the wire at #198 thanks to 5,200 units moved, its strongest sales to date after debuting at #181 back in February.

Next week, the top spots could get shaken up when [artist id="1235716"]Fall Out Boy[/artist]'s Folie à Deux finally crashes the charts, along with [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist]'s Intuition.