Taylor Swift remains the queen of the Billboard charts, as her album Red continues to hold the No. 1 spot this week selling 208,000 copies. As reported by Billboard this morning, the album shot up 25 percent since last week and spent its fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1.
Hot on her heels is R&B and pop crooner Bruno Mars' latest effort, Unorthodox Jukebox, which debuts at No. 2, selling 192,000 copies in its first week. That sum was much larger than the 140-150,000 many industry insiders predicted. This is mainly due to the increase in the amount of shopping during Christmas, as shopping for physical CD's went up 70 percent in stores.
The rest of the top ten round out is similar to last week's chart. Several "Christmas" themed albums remain in the top 10 with Michael Buble's (Christmas) album rising from No. 5 to No. 3; Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby falls to No. 5; and Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas stays at No. 8.
One Direction passes the one million mark for a second time this year with Take Me Home at No. 4. The album sold 127,000 copies this week. Their first effort, Up All Night, has sold 1.5 million copies so far this year. Phillip Phillips, Alicia Keys and Lady Antebellum hold the No. 7, 9 and 10 positions, respectively.
The lone debut this week comes from The Game's Jesus Piece, which hits the No. 6 mark with 86,000 copies. His best selling album remains 2005's The Documentary, which has sold 2.5 million copies to date.