Just as expected, Taylor Swift remains in the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her fourth studio album Red for the third week in a row, selling a total of 196,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%).
Coming in not so far behind at #2 is the Now 44 collection with sales of 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.
Red serves as Taylor Swift‘s first studio album to hold the #1 position longer that two weeks (in a row) on the chart. 2010′s Speak Now spent its first two weeks at #1 before falling down for an additional five weeks, before making its way back up to #1.
Though this serves as the singer’s fifth straight top 10 debut, it is his lowest selling debut to date. His first two albums, 2006′s In My Own Words and 2007′s Because of You, debuted at #1 with sales of 301,000 copies and 250,000 copies respectively.
His third album, Year of the Gentleman debuted at #2 with 250,000 copies, while the lackluster Libra Scale debuted at #9 with 112,000. Thoughts?