Swift's disc sells 2.4 million in total
Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” claimed the No. 1 slot on the nation’s album sales chart for the eighth week as critical favorites and early releases targeted as Valentine’s Day gifts made top 100 debuts.“Fearless” sold 63,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Soundscan, taking its cume to 2.4 million. The frame is likely to be Swift’s last atop the charts as Bruce Springsteen’s “Working on a Dream,” released Tuesday, is expected to take over next week, selling at least 200,000 copies. Sales sparked by his performance during halftime of the Super Bowl will count in the second week’s tally. Early Valentine’s Day shoppers scooped up 29,000 copies of Columbia’s Mariah Carey “Ballads” to slide in at No. 10 and 17,000 copies of Warner Music’s Frank Sinatra collection “Seduction” at No. 23. Posting best-ever numbers were several quirky acts that have built their careers on positive notices. Andrew Bird’s “Noble Beast” (Fat Possum) sold 26,000 copies to debut at No. 12. It is the eighth album from Bird, a violinist and singer, and his first to chart above No. 76. Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (Domino), the sixth album from the New York-based collective, sold 25,000 to come in at No. 13. None of the band’s previous albums placed higher than No. 72, which “Strawberry Jam” hit in 2007. An EP from Bon Iver (the performance name of Justin Verdon), whose “For Emma, Forever Ago” was in countless year-end top 10 lists, sold 23,000 copies. Antony and the Johnsons’ “Crying Light” sold 8,000 to open at No. 65; A.C. Newman’s “Get Guilty” (Matador), the first solo album in five years from the leader of the New Pornographers, sold 5,000 to come in at No. 99. Also, Fiction Family, featuring Sean Watkins, formerly of Nickel Creek, and Jon Foreman of Switchfoot sold 7,000 copies of their self-titled ATO debut to start at No. 71. Another act that has gained considerable steam from 2008 overviews is the Fleet Foxes. Last week their self-titled album on Sub Pop sold 14,000 copies and moved up 10 slots to No. 46. A month ago, during the holiday shopping season, the album was at No. 181 on sales of 5,000. It has now sold 211,000 copies.