Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album No. 1 For Third Week On Billboard 200
Rod Stewart's "Merry Christmas, Baby" holds down No.3 for the second straight week.
Taylor Swift's Red reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title -- the debuting Now 44 collection -- by nearly 100,000 copies. The latter set arrives with 99,000, marking the 43rd straight title in the regular Now series to debut in the top 10. (The very first Now set debuted outside the top 10, but eventually climbed into the region.)
The Now series' earlier release, Now 43, debuted at No. 1 on the Aug. 25 chart with 111,000 sold.
Red is Swift's first album to spend its first three weeks at No. 1. Her 2010 set Speak Now earned two frames atop the list from the start and then dropped out of the No. 1 slot for five weeks. It eventually returned for four more weeks at No. 1.
Before that, Swift's one other No. 1, 2008's Fearless, debuted at the top, then slipped to No. 4 in its second frame. It returned to rule for another 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.