Taylor Swift’s nearly two-month old album “Red” topped the first week of sales for Bruno Mars’ sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox,” but both artists have reason to celebrate their rankings on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.
With “Red” charting its fifth non-consecutive week at #1, Swift now moves ahead of Whitney Houston and Jay-Z to hold the honor of fourth-most weeks at #1. Her albums “Fearless,” “Speak Now” and “Red” have spent a combined 22 weeks in the peak position, which puts her behind only Adele (24 weeks), Eminem (29 weeks) and Garth Brooks (59 weeks) in the post-1991 SoundScan era.
Meanwhile, Mars may not have topped Swift, but he posted a personal best sales week of 192,000 units and outperformed industry expectations, according to Billboard. His previous hit album, debut release “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” never made it higher than #3 on the chart.
Mars’ current single “Locked Out of Heaven” is #1 on the singles chart.
In other debuts, The Game’s “Jesus Piece” bowed at #6, Green Day’s “Tre” entered at #13 and the soundtrack to ABC’s country music soap “Nashville” debuted at #14.
It was another big week for holiday music sales, as Christmas albums from Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum all ranked in the top 10.