Taylor Swift leads album sales, Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole debut in top 10
Taylor Swift held onto the No. 1 spot on the nation's album sales chart while Jamie Foxx and Keyshia Cole debuted in the top 10. It was Eminem, though, bolstered by an appearance on "Saturday Night Live," who made the biggest impression, doubling his sales from the previous week to return to the top 10.
Swift's "Speak Now" sold 276,000 copies in the week that ended the day after Christmas, a 7 percent rise from her previous week's tally, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Susan Boyle's "The Gift" remained in second place, selling 240,000 copies.
The "Glee" Christmas album rose two slots to No. 3, selling 160,000 copies in what is likely to be its last week in the top 10. Michael Jackson's "Michael" swapped slots with "Glee," dropping to No. 5 on sales of 150,000.
Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" was the top bow, opening at No. 6 with 144,000 sold. Cole's "Calling All Hearts" moved 128,000 to pump in at No. 9; the other first-weeker in the top 100, Keri Hilson's "No Boys Allowed," camped out at No. 11 on sales of 102,000.
Eminem's "Recovery" rose from No. 22 to No. 7, selling 137,000 copies. After 27 weeks on the chart, the album has sold 3.35 million units. "Recovery" is just behind Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" in worldwide sales; he is at 5.7 million while she has sold 100,000 more.
A new track from Eminem and Jay-Z that features Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Stat Quo and Cashis, "Syllables," was released online Tuesday (12/28).
Many albums in the top 100 experienced sales gains, though few moved more than a handful of rungs on the charts. A couple did better than most, as Daft Punk's score for "Tron: Legacy" felt the benefit of the film opening, with a 47 percent increase in sales to 70,000, putting it at No. 27. Florence and the Machine's "Lungs," recipient of a rare print advertising campaign, rose 42 percent in sales to 32,000. It is now No. 57.
Bruno Mars' "Grenade" holds onto the No. 1 position in digital download sales. The track registered 559,000 downloads in the week that ended Dec. 26. Katy Perry's "Fireworks" also topped a half-million sales, reaching 509,000 to hold steady at No. 2.