Once again the top of the charts belongs to Taylor Swift. The country pop phenomenon has landed atop the Billboard 200 this week with her latest omnipresent set of love and heartbreak, “Red,” which moved an additional 167,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Swift unseats soul-pop diva Alicia Keys, whose latest album, "Girl on Fire," slipped to No. 7 after moving 77,000 units.
For Swift’s “Red” -- which benefited from an aggressive promotional campaign that didn’t include making it available for online streaming -- this is the fourth non-consecutive week that the disc is No. 1. Last week it was announced the album’s lead single, “We Are Never Getting Back Together," scored a Grammy nomination for record of the year during the prime-time special, which Swift co-hosted with LL Cool J.
“Red’s” return to the top of the charts shut out a number of new releases from the pole position, including Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha.
The Pittsburgh rapper, whose profile rose considerably over the past year, bowed at No. 2 with his sophomore effort, "O.N.I.F.C.," which sold 141,000, copies. Wiz Khalifa's buzzy debut, 2011's "Rolling Papers," also opened at No. 2 during its release.