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Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 on U.S. Album Chart

Seven new albums poured into the U.S. top 10 last week as sales continued to crater and most releases showed short legs. However, embattled music retailers will shake it off next week: Country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift’s first full-blown pop set “1989” reached stores Monday, and is expected to debut at No. 1 next week with the year’s biggest numbers, which observers now expect will top 1 million copies.

Masked metal marauders Slipknot scored their second No. 1 album. The Iowa band’s “.5: The Gray Chapter” (Roadrunner) captured the crown with first-week sales of 132,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 26. It was the group’s second consecutive chart-topper, after 2008’s “All Hope is Gone,” and its fourth consecutive top-five release.

Signing in at No. 2 was rapper T.I.’s “Paperwork” (Columbia), notching 80,000 units. Title matched the apex of his last release, 2012’s “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head.”

Veteran singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, no stranger to the top 10, bowed at No. 3 with “Melody Road,” which tallied 78,000 copies. His last release, “Dreams,” peaked at No. 8 in 2010; his “Home Before Dark” captured No. 1 in 2008. He has claimed 14 top-10 albums during his nearly 50-year career. The current set is Diamond’s first studio album for Capitol Records after nearly four decades with Columbia.

Maryland rapper Logic took No. 4 with his full-length debut “Under Pressure” (Def Jam), which moved 73,000. The performer, born Robert Bryson Hall II, made a name for himself with a series of mix tapes bearing the “Young Sinatra” handle.

Long-running country act Little Big Town notched its third consecutive top-10 release with “Pain Killer” (Capitol Nashville), which arrived at No. 7 with 42,000. The co-ed quartet’s last set “Tornado” (2012) rose to No. 2.

A cappella quintet Pentatonix rolled up the year’s first seasonal top-five entry with “That’s Christmas to Me” (RCA), which debuted at No. 9 with sales of 32,000. The EP “PTXmas” went to No. 7 in 2012.

Finally, former Eurythmics front woman Annie Lennox boarded at No. 10 with “Nostalgia” (Blue Note), which shifted only 400 units less than the Pentatonix title. The collection features Lennox singing such familiar standards as “Georgia On My Mind,” “God Bless the Child” and “Summertime.” Her last studio collection “Songs of Mass Destruction” bowed at No. 7 in 2007.

Holding over were Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” (No. 5, 59,000 sold, off 70%), Jason Aldean’s “Old Boots, New Dirt” (No. 6, 56,000, down 38%) and Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” (No. 8, 40,000, off just 1%).

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