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Taylor Swift edges ‘Les Mis’ on album chart

'Red' enjoys seventh No. 1 week, with tuner soundtrack at No. 2

Fending off yet another challenge, Taylor Swift’s “Red” bested the soaring soundtrack album for “Les Miserables” and hung onto No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a seventh non-consecutive week.

Swift’s Big Machine release tracked 241,000 copies in its 10th week on the chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Dec. 30. Despite a decline of 12%, the title stayed aloft thanks to deep discounting as a $1.99 “Gold Box” promotion on Christmas Eve. The frame lifted the set over the 3.1 million mark.

Universal Republic’s “Les Mis” enjoyed a hearty gain in its second chart week, shifting 136,000 (up 218%) and vaulting 31 chart positions to No. 2. The movie tuner starring Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway arrived in theaters on Christmas. The London and Broadway cast albums of the long-running legit hit peaked at Nos. 106 and 117, respectively, in 1987.

The national top five was completed by One Direction’s “Take Me Home” (No. 3, 120,000 sold, down 32%), Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 4, 110,000, off 38%) and T.I.’s “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head” (No. 5, 74,000, down 59%).

Remainder of the chart saw some familiar titles buoyed by post-holiday online sales and iTunes gift card redemptions.

Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” rocketed 40 slots to No. 6, selling 70,000 (up 130%). Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” gained 12 poles, taking No. 7 with 68,000 moved (up 3%). Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” fell 27% but held at No. 8 with 68,000 shifted. “The Lumineers” bounced 15 positions to No. 9, selling 61,000 (up 10%). And the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack zoomed 35 slots to No. 10 with 58,000 sold, showing an 84% gain.

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