After three weeks in the 2nd or 3rd position on the chars, Taylor Swift and her five week old album “Fearless” returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart with sales of nearly 250,000 albums. With the 29% uptick, Swift has now moved over 1.5 million copies of the record. In a strong sales week, music is proving to be a good buy for this holiday season as tightening budgets can afford the 10-20$ as an affordable gift to give.
Faith Hill’s Christmas set “Joy To The World” continues to battle with Enya’s “Winter Came” for the title of “Top Holiday Album.” Both have sold well over 300,000 copies and landed in the Top 15 on the charts. The third most popular holiday album this year is
Elvis Presley’s duet album with top country stars. The album places 17 overall on the charts and has sold a respectable 234,000 plus albums so far this year. Rounding out the top five Country albums on the Hot 200 are Rascal Flatts’s Greatest Hits (which includes 3 new yuletide bonus tracks) at 23 (with 330,000 units scanned so far) and Tayor Swift’s two year old self-titled debut, which has scanned 3.7 million copies to date.
Other interesting Country music albums selling well this week are Sugarland’s “Love On The Inside” with nearly 1.2 million units sold, Kenny Chesney’s “Lucky Old Sun,” which should scan past 500,000 units sold next week, and the Zac Brown Band with their four-week old national debut “The Foundation.” That album is up 41% over sales from last week and placed inside the Top 40 with nearly 29,000 units sold this week, which brings their total to nearly 120,000 units sold. Carrie Underwood’s the final country artist in the Top 50 on the albums chart with her year-old “Carnival Ride” album still selling well. It has now moved more than 2.5 million copies to date.
Darius Rucker is just outside the Top 50 with his strong Country Debut “Learn To Live.” It has sold nearly 300K units in its three month chart run. Toby Keith has sold 223K units of his seven week-old “That Don’t Make Me A Bad Guy” while George Strait’s “Troubadour” has moved nearly 700k copies in nine months. Enjoying his first Top 10 single this week with “In Color,” Jamey Johnson has also seen his album continue to rise up the charts as “That Lonesome Song” jumps from 91 to 68 on the Hot 200 Albums Chart and is quickly approaching a quarter of a million albums sold in it’s nineteen week chart run. Trace Adkins’ “X” has now moved over 71,000 copies in its three-week chart run.
Brad Paisley’s “Play,” Strait’s “Classic Christmas,” Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut, the Now Country collection, and Alan Jackson’s “Good Time” round out the other country albums inside Billboard’s Top 100 chart. With one more week of Christmas shopping left, the artists and labels should see another strong sales week next week where Taylor Swift has a good shot at retaining her #1 sales position.