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