‘Les Mis’ soundtrack unseats Swift

Tuner tie-in tops album chart

Amid waning early-year sales, the “Les Miserables” soundtrack held off Mumford & Sons and unseated Taylor Swift to take No. 1 on the U.S. album chart.

In the first full sales frame of 2013, Republic’s companion album for the hit tuner, which has tracked $184.5 million of worldwide B.O. to date, pulled down sales of 92,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Jan. 6. Set becomes the first adapted soundtrack to hit the pinnacle since the ABBA tuner “Mamma Mia!” pulled off the feat in 2008.

The Russell Crowe-Hugh Jackman-Anne Hathaway vehicle experienced a 32% dropoff in its third chart week, but was still strong enough to stave off a challenge from Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (Glassnote), which gained 34% and rose to No. 2, just behind “Les Mis” with 91,000 sold. The U.K. band’s September release, now at 1.55 million, benefited from sale pricing at iTunes.

After four straight weeks at No. 1 and seven non-consecutive stanzas at the top, Swift’s “Red” (Big Machine) dropped to No. 3 with 69,000 shifted. It’s the first time the country-pop singer’s release has sold in less than six figures since its October debut.

With no new arrivals to shake up the chart in a typically sleepy January, remainder of the domestic top 10 witnessed small moves by familiar titles, some of which notched slight gains fueled by sale pricing online.

Week’s bestsellers included Phillip Phillips’ “The World From the Side of the Moon” (No. 4, 63,000 sold, up 8%), One Direction’s “Take Me Home” (No. 5, 61,000, off 49%), Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 6, 55,000, down 50%), the “Pitch Perfect” soundtack (No. 7, 52,000, off 10%), the Lumineers’ self-titled album (No. 8, 51,000, down 17%), Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” (No. 9, 44,000, up 6%) and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (No. 10, 41,000, off 22%).

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