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Taylor Swift Holds #1 Album on Billboard Over Bruno Mars

5 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Taylor Swift sold over 1 million copies of Red in a week and 500,000 units in its first day

Taylor Swift topped the Billboard album charts with “Red” for a fifth week to hold the #1 spot over the latest from Bruno Mars called “Unorthodox Jukebox.”

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Swift’s “Red” sold an estimated 208,000 copies to add to the total of 2.6 million copies sold to date.

The new Bruno Mars album “Unorthodox Jukebox” had a strong opening at #2 with 192,000 copies sold but failed to knock Taylor Swift out of the #1 position.

Others in the Billboard Top 10 were Michael Bublé’s album Christmas at #3 with 138,000 copies, British boy band One Direction and “Take Me Home” at #4 with 127,000 albums, and Rod Stewart’s “Merry Christmas Baby” at 108,000 for the fifth spot.

The other big seller of the week was the late Jenni Rivera’s compilation album “La Misma Gran Señora” released two days after Rivera passed away in a tragic plane accident. The Rivera album sold over 64,000 albums this week along with 85,000 digital tracks and charted at # 38 on the Billboard album chart.

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips continued to sell well with his debut album, “The World From the Side of the Moon,” at 68,000 copies sold to hold onto the # 7 spot.

Two more Christmas albums made it into the Top 10 as Blake Shelton sold 68,0000 copies of “Cheers, It’s Christmas” ahead of Lady Antebellum’s “On This Winter’s Night” with 60,000 copies sold.

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Nadya Vlassoff

Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog MelroseStreet.com, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.