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Taylor Swift Remains at Top of Album Chart for Third Consecutive Week

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Taylor Swift’s “1989” has claimed the top of the U.S. album chart for a third consecutive week, but the singer will probably have to move aside for One Direction next week.

Swift’s Big Machine blockbuster reaped sales of 312,000 (down 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 16. The collection is now just shy of 2 million in cumulative sales. However, the U.K. boy band’s new “Four” – which, ironically, features Swift’s onetime paramour Harry Styles – is expected to shove “1989” from the top slot with a 400,000-unit-plus opening.

Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” (RCA) was the week’s top debut, bowing at No. 2 with 190,000 sold. The rock band’s latest release arrived on a wave of publicity generated by front man Dave Grohl’s peripatetic HBO series, which surveys the various U.S. locales in which the album was recorded. It’s the group’s fifth top 10 album; their last release, 2011’s “Wasting Light,” reached No. 1.

Classic rock’s iconic Pink Floyd hit No. 3 with “Endless River” (Columbia), its first studio release in 20 years and purported swan song. The collection shifted 170,000. It is the British band’s eighth American top 10 set. The act, presently led by guitarist David Gilmour, last reached the chart with its 1994 No. 1 set “The Division Bell.”

The top-selling album act of the SoundScan era, country star Garth Brooks, made a relatively quiet return to the chart, as his comeback set “Man Against Machine” (RCA Nashville) claimed No. 4 with a 130,000-unit tally. The album’s sluggish start may have had something to do with Brooks’ decision to keep his music off iTunes and Spotify. The new album – Brooks’ first since 2001’s “Scarecrow” – is his lowest-charting set since his self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 13 in 1989.

Rapper Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” (Def Jam) climbed aboard at No. 5 with a comparatively mild 44,000 sold. The title matches his personal best: His 2012 debut “Live From the Underground” peaked in the same slot, with first-week sales of 41,000.

The week’s other top-10 debut was Nick Jonas’ self-titled Island solo album, which entered at No. 6 with 37,000 shifted. “Who Am I,” the Jonas Brother’s 2010 album with his group the Administration, topped out at No. 3.

Holdover titles included the “Now 52” hits compilation (No. 7, 36,000, off 39%), Pentatonix’s “That’s Christmas to Me” (No. 8, 33,000 sold, up 131%),  Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 9, 29,000, up 12%) and George Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away Live” (No. 10, 30,000, up 309%). Strait’s farewell album leaped 50 chart poles behind sale pricing.