Wednesday, January 12, 2011
– Taylor Swift received good news this week and set a record in the process, although it's not one she particularly would want.
Swift's CD, "Speak Now," holds down the number 1 spot on Billboard's top 200, which will be out Thursday, with 52,000 units sold, down 32 percent from the previous week. The record is that is the smallest number of sales for a chart topper since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
The previous low was by the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack on the Jan. 27, 2007chart with slightly more than 60,000 units.
This is different than the numbers of a year ago. Ke$ha's "Animal" debuted at number 1 with 152,000 and was followed in successive weeks by Vampire Weekend's "Contra" (124,000), the "Hope for Haiti Now" compilation (171,000) and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (481,000).
Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" climbed 4 to the number 9 spot this week with 29,000 units sold, down 15 percent.
The "Country Strong" soundtrack skyrocketed 139 positions to 10 with 28,000 (up 477 percent). The film, in limited release since Dec. 22, was released nationwide to more than 1,000 theaters on Jan. 7. The Billboard 200's highest debut (at 48) is from the partner soundtrack to the movie, the iTunes-exclusive "Country Strong: More Music From the Motion Picture," which entered with 9,000.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Jan. 9) continued to slide. Sales were 5.4 million units, down 24 percent compared with the sum last week (7.1 million) and 8 percent compared with the similar sales week of 2010 (5.9 million).