With Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 207,998 copies just this past week, Taylor Swift ’s Red remains miles ahead of the nearest competition on Billboard’s country albums chart.
In the eight weeks since its debut at No. 1, Red has sold 2,590,539 copies. And just to make things merrier, Red is back at the top of Billboard’s all-genres chart this week despite a strong debut by Bruno Mars ’ Unorthodox Jukebox.
Newcomers to the albums chart are the various artist soundtrack Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 1: Volume 1 (No. 4), Blake Shelton ’s Original Album Series (No. 62), Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale ’s Buddy and Jim (No. 67) and Country Waylon Jennings (No. 74).
The week’s new songs are the Henningsens ’ “American Beautiful” (No. 51), Shelton’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (No. 57) and “Blue Christmas” (No. 59), the latter with the Pistol Annies .
OK, you consuming compadres, let’s whip out those credit cards and put the country back in Christmas. Music Row needs you.