Taylor Swift tops Billboard 200 again

Overtakes Britney Spears after just one week

NEW YORK -- In a week without a top 10 debut, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" reclaims the top spot on the Billboard 200, inching up from No. 2 to No. 1 thanks to a 29% sales increase to 249,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Fearless" debuted at No. 1 five weeks ago with 592,000 and has shifted 1.5 million so far. Last week's chart-topper, Britney Spears' Jive set "Circus," falls to No. 2 with 200,000 (a 60% drop). Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) holds tight at No. 3 for a second week on a 4% increase to 159,000. With a 17% increase to 156,000, Nickelback's "Dark Horse" (Roadrunner) ascends from No. 5 to No. 4.
 
The Chop Shop/Atlantic soundtrack to "Twilight" climbs from No. 6 to No. 5 with 132,000 (a decline of 1%) as Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) slips from fourth to sixth place with 127,000 (a 10% slide). Rebounding from No. 9 to No. 7 on a 27% sales boost, the multilabel hits compilation "Now 29" moves 114,000 units. AC/DC's Wal-Mart exclusive album "Black Ice" (Columbia) re-enters the top tier from No. 11 to No. 8 on a 30% sales increase to 110,000.
 
The soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" falls from eighth to ninth despite an 18% sales boost to 107,000. David Cook's self-titled 19 Recordings/RCA debut rounds out the top 10, staying put at No. 10 with 104,000 (a 19% increase).
 
Music Soulchild's "onmyradio" (Atlantic) debuts at No. 11 with 91,000 copies. The soul/R&B singer has two prior No. 1s, including 2007's "Luvanmusiq."
 
Entering at No. 12 is Common's "Universal Mind Control" with 82,000. The G.O.O.D./Geffen set comes on the heels of the rapper's 2007 album "Finding Forever," which peaked at No. 1.
 
Other debuts this week include Brandy's Koch/Epic set "Human" at No. 15 with 73,000 and Avant's fifth, self-titled album from Capitol at No. 26 with 52,000.
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