'Fearless' nabs top spot for seventh time
Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” held onto the No. 1 position for the seventh time despite dipping to 63,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.“Fearless” is the first album in more than four years to post seven weeks in the No. 1 position; the last was Usher’s “Confessions” in late 2004. As in weeks past, the album significantly outsold its closest competitor, this week besting Beyonce’s “I am … Sasha Fierce” by 14,000 discs sold. The top 10 saw one new entry and one returning title. And in a rare occurrence, a collection of Golden Globes wins propelled a soundtrack. The Bad Boy soundtrack to the film “Notorious,” featuring hits by Notorious B.I.G., new tracks by Jay-Z and other material, sold 43,000 to open at No. 4. David Cook’s self-titled debut moved 31,000 to rise eight slots to No. 10 after his “A Daily Anthem” was featured in the new season of “American Idol.” Debut from last year’s “Idol” champ has now sold 890,000. The soundtrack to “Slumdog Millionaire” (Interscope) more than doubled its sales to 20,000 in the week ended Sunday, pushing it to No. 16 from No. 55. The pic won four Golden Globes, including the original score trophy for A.R. Rahman. Other top 50 debuts were “Now That’s What I Call Motown,” a single disc celebration of the Detroit label’s 50th anni, which sold 23,00 to hit No. 13; the Derek Trucks Band’s “Already Free” (Columbia) moved 18,000 to climb aboard at No. 19; Heather Headley’s “Audience of One” (EMI Gospel) sold 15,000 to debut at No. 27. Other top gainers included John Legend’s “Evolver,” which sold 13,000 and rose 12 slots to No. 33, and Fleet Foxes’ self-titled disc, which moved 10,000 copies and rose 22 to No. 46.
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