Taylor Swift’s “Red” appeared to be the music gift of choice among last-minute shoppers, posting a sixth week in the No. 1 slot in the final week before Christmas and adding another 276,000 copies to its total, which is closing in on 3 million.
Rapper T.I. came in with the highest chart debut of the week, his new “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head” landing at No. 2 with 179,000 copies, just edging out Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which drops one slot to No. 3 on second-week sales of 178,000 copies.
Sales of “Red” increased sales from the previous week by 32%. Teen idol band One Direction also sustained interest at retail, its second album, “Take Me Home,” increasing 39%, to 177,000 copies, over the previous week, putting it on the Billboard 200 Albums chart at No. 4, the same position it held last week.
Among actual holiday collections, Michael Buble’s 2011 CD “Christmas” dropped a couple of notches, from 3 to 5, but increased sales slightly from the previous week, selling another 148,000 copies to push it past the 3-million mark since its release last year. Rod Stewart’s “Merry Christmas Baby” also showed a slight (4%) sales increase, to 113,000 copies, but dropped one position to No. 5.