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Swift tops dismal week for record sales

Star's 52,000-unit tally is record low for No. 1 album

Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” topped the U.S. album chart last week with the lowest numbers for a No. 1 collection since SoundScan started tracking sales data in 1991.

Swift’s Big Machine set hung onto the chart pinnacle with tepid sales of 52,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Jan. 9. This surpasses the all-time low set last May, when Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” led with a 60,000-unit week.

The lone new top 10 arrival of the week couldn’t positions and gained 477% behind its theatrical opening, shifting a meager 28,000 units.

Rest of the chart reflected steep declines amid consumer indifference.

Other top five albums include Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” (No. 2, 39,000 units, down 36%), Bruno Mars’ “Doo Wops & Hooligans” (No. 3, 38,000, down 15%), Daft Punk’s “Tron Legacy” soundtrack (No. 4, 34,000, down 37%) and Eminem’s “Recovery” (No. 5, 33,000, down 47%).

Other winners in a losing week included Rihanna’s “Loud” (No. 6, 33,000, down 46%), Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (No. 7, 33,000, down 43%), Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (No. 8, 31000, down 20%) and Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (No. 9, 29,000, down 15%).

New titles by Steel Magnolia and Cake could supply some small uplift to the tally for the current week.

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