What do you think Taylor Swift did for Christmas? She probably rolled around in a bathtub full of money while Harry Styles serenaded her with an a capella rendition of “They Don’t Know About Us,” then she wrote a heartbreakingly gorgeous and sad ballad about it, right? And yet, while she was doing that, everyone in America was buying copies of her latest album Red! Lots and lots of copies of it, copies for themselves and their brothers and sisters and parents and BFFs and loved ones and even Zayn Malik, probably.
Yes, Virginia, everybody bought Red this week, which kept it at #1 for a sixth non-consecutive week, with 276,000 units moved this week alone, bringing the album’s total sales up to 600 trillion units. (Approximately.)
Meanwhile, T.I.‘s latest LP rolled in at #2 with a perfectly respectable 179,000 copies moved (his last album, 2010′s No Mercy, arrived at #4 with 160,000 units sold). Coming in at #3 is Bruno Mars‘ Unorthodox Jukebox, which sold 178,000 copies in its second week on the chart, with One Direction‘s sophomore album Take Me Home holding steady at #4 with 177,000 copies.
The only other new arrival on the chart was the Hurricane Sandy charity compilation 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, which debuted at a disappointing #9; as Billboard notes, the star-studded set had been projected to move more units on the basis of strong pre-order sales. But alas, not even all those rock legends can threaten Swift’s throne.
The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
1. Taylor Swift, Red *6 weeks*
2. T.I., Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head *new*
3. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
4. One Direction, Take Me Home
5. Michael Buble, Christmas
6. Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby
7. Phillip Phillips, The World From The Side Of The Moon
8. Mumford & Sons, Babel
9. Various Artists, 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief
10. Various Artists, Now 44