Taylor Swift‘s stranglehold on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart doesn’t seem to be lessening anytime soon: For the third consecutive week, she easily took the top spot at #1, selling 196,000 units of her massively successful album Red. That number is down from last week’s 344,000 copies by 43%, but — just for context — the next-top-selling album, Now 44, debuted at #2 on the chart with 99,000 units. That Swift reign just won’t quit.
Coming in just after that is Rod Stewart‘s Merry Christmas, Baby, which moved 76,000 copies and came in at #3 in its third week on the charts, then Ne-Yo, whose R.E.D. debuted at #4 with 66,000 copies, ahead of the label forecast of 55,000. Filling out the Top 10 were Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Christian rock band Third Day.
1. Taylor Swift, Red *3 weeks*
2. Assorted, Now 44 *new*
3. Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby
4. Ne-Yo, R.E.D. *new*
5. Aerosmith, Music From Another Dimension *new*
6. Jason Aldean, Night Train
7. Mumford & Sons, Babel
8. Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares
9. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
10. Third Day, Miracle *new*