Wednesday, November 10, 2010
– Country albums from Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Sugarland were the three best selling releases in the U.S. last week - the first time that has happened in three years.
Swift's "Speak Now" topped the chart for the second straight week, selling 320,000 units, down 69 percent from the 1,047,000 sold in the debut week. Aldean debuted in second with "My Kinda Party" and 193,000 units sold. Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine" was third at 60,000 units sold, down 32 percent.
The last time this happened was Nov 10, 2007 when Carrie Underwood was first with "Carnival Ride," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss second with "Raising Sand" and Gary Allan third with "Living Hard."
Aldean set a personal record for sales. His last release, "Wide Open" from 2009, started in fourth with 109,000 units sold.
Brad Paisley debuted in ninth with "Hits Alive," with 31,000 units sold. The disc combines greatest hits and live songs.
Album sales took a big hit overall. Sales totaled 5.43 million units, down 6 percent from last week and 21 percent from the same week of 2009 when 6.86 million units were sold. Year to date album sales are 247.36 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point in 2009 (285.96 million).
The charts are officially released on Thursday.