Taylor Swift perched at top of Billboard 200
Beyonce stays at No. 2; Kanye West climbs to No. 3NEW YORK -- Taylor Swift notches her fifth non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 with "Fearless" (Big Machine), which moved 90,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That's a 66% sales slide from the previous week's sum, marking the first time a No. 1 album has sold fewer than 100,000 units since the Feb. 3, 2008, chart, when Alicia Keys' "As I Am" shifted 61,000.
Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) stays put at No. 2 for a second week with 77,000, a 64% decline. Kanye West's "808s and Heartbreak" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) slips 57% to 71,000 but bumps up from No. 5 to No. 3. The Chop Shop/Atlantic soundtrack to "Twilight" moves 66,000 (a 56% drop) and rises from No. 6 to No. 4.
Nickelback's Roadrunner album "Dark Horse" descends from fourth to fifth with 64,000 (a decline of 64%), while Britney Spears' "Circus" (Jive) falls 3-6 with a couple hundred copies fewer than that, also at 64,000 (a 68% slide). On a 58% decline to 54,000, Keyshia Cole's "A Different Me" (Geffen) keeps the No. 7 spot warm for a second week.
Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" (J) ascends 9-8 on a 57% decline to 45,000. The multilabel "Now 29" hits compilation flip-flops with it, slipping from No. 8 to No. 9 with 44,000 (down 64%).
An anomaly amongst overall post-holiday declines, Hollywood Records' "All Wrapped Up" experiences a 112% sales surge, catapulting the album from No. 88 to No. 10. The Target exclusive, which features Christmas songs from the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, among others, shifted 40,000 and was deeply discounted after the holiday season.
The only album to bow inside the top 50 of The Billboard 200 is "The 99 Most Essential Beethoven Masterpieces" (X5 Music Group) at No. 29 with 21,000 copies. The collection sold for just $1.99 at Amazon's MP3 store.
At 6.49 million units, sales are down 55% compared with the same total last week and off by 14% compared with the same week last year.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.