Taylor Swift topped the Billboard 200 chart with Red for a second week in a row with sales of 344,000 to retain the No. 1 spot over rapper Meek Mill.
Although Red dropped 78 percent in sales from last week, Taylor Swift retained her No. 1 chart position on the Billboard 200. In the first week of release, Red sold over 1.2 million copies. Now Swift can lay claim to over 1.5 million in sales in only two weeks!
What’s even more impressive is that Taylor Swift has the second best selling album of the year. Only Adele sold more records with 4.1 million copies of 21 in 2012. Coupled with sales from 2011, Adele’s 21 generated more than 10 million in total earnings.
With Red, which includes the current hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift became the first artist to top the million sales mark in a week since Eminem sold 1.3 million copies of The Eminem Show in 2002.
Rapper Meek Mills held the #2 spot with 165,000 copies of his debut Dreams and Nightmares.
Rounding out the top five were Rod Stewart’s holiday album Merry Christmas, Baby with 89,000 copies sold, Jason Aldean’s Night Train with 71,000 in sales, and Lamar Kendrick’s Good kid, m.A.A.d. city with 63,000 records sold.
Taylor Swift trounced the debut of Justin Bieber, who sold 374,000 copies of Believe, and Mumford & Son’s latest, Babel, which sold 600,000 copies in its first week of release.
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