Swift reigns, but 8 is enough
Singer's disc has most weeks at No. 1 since '04; the Boss should end thatTaylor Swift's stranglehold on the Billboard 200 continues as the teenage country phenom racks up an eighth week at No. 1 with "Fearless," which fell a scant 1% from last week's sales tally.
Swift's sophomore set scores the most weeks at No. 1 since Usher's "Confessions" had nine straight in 2004. But her reign is likely to end next week when Bruce Springsteen's "Workin' on a Dream" makes its chart presence felt.
Meanwhile, a pair of rising acts make some noise with their biggest sales weeks and best chart showings, just outside the top tier.
Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird bows at No. 12 with "Noble Beast," which moved 26,000 units. Right behind him is indie rock outfit Animal Collective, whose "Merriweather Post Pavilion" lands at No. 13 with 25,000.
Billboard chart analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.