Daft Punk Climb, Taylor Swift Stays On Top In Record Low Album Sales Week

Daft Punk Climb, Taylor Swift Stays On Top In Record Low Album Sales Week

Despite it being a slow chart week where no new albums debut in the Top 10 of the Top 200, one notable record has been set—though unfortunately, it’s a bad one. The best-selling LP, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, has earned the distinction of having the lowest sales week (52,000 copies) for a #1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, notes Billboard‘s Keith Caulfield.

Speak Now, which was the second best-selling album of 2010 (at 3.09 million copies moved), has now racked up a sixth week at the top of the chart.

Meanwhile, Daft Punk’s TRON: Legacy score slides up two positions to #4—a career high for the French duo in the U.S.—while another soundtrack, Country Strong, jumps a whopping 139 positions to #10 now that the Gwyneth Paltrow-starring film has expanded to a wider release in theaters.

While 2011 has yet to see a major album come along to shake things up, things should start getting interesting on next week’s Hot 100 singles chart now that Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” (#1 on iTunes) and Avril Lavigne’s “What The Hell” (#3) have been released. Keep counting those Benjamins, Max Martin!

The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart:

1. Taylor Swift, Speak Now *6 weeks*
2. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
3. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
4. Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy soundtrack
5. Eminem, Recovery
6. Rihanna, Loud
7. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
8. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
9. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
10. Various, Country Strong soundtrack