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Hitting retail this week are Columbia’s 24-track 12-12-12 concert album (tomorrow), Grand Hustle/Atlantic’s T.I., Interscope’s Chief Keef and Republic’s Les Miserables soundtrack (Friday).
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Taylor Swift Goes Over 2.5m, While Bruno Mars, The Game and Green Day Bow in Top 10
Taylor Swift is rapidly beating out Santa Claus as the Woman in Red this holiday season as her Big Machine album remains #1, with another 203k in sales for an eight-week total of nearly 2.6 million.

That’s enough to edge Atlantic’s Bruno Mars, who debuts at #2 with 187k for his new album Unorthodox Jukebox.

Reprise’s Michael Buble Christmas album moves #5-3, +51%, with Syco/Columbia’s One Direction (#4, +21%) and Verve’s Rod Stewart (#5) rounding out the leaders.

Geffen’s The Game debuts just outside the Top 5 at #6, while Green Day’s Reprise album Tre, the third in their trilogy, enters at #9. The rest of the Top 10 includes 19/Interscope’s Phillip Phillips (#7), Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton (#8) and RCA’s Alicia Keys (#10).

Big Machine’s Music of Nashville soundtrack enters at #13. Other Top 50 newcomers include WaterTower’s Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack (#26), Def Jam/IDJ’s Big Boi (#33) and Fonovisa’s Jenni Rivera (#35), while Lava/Republic’s perennial Trans-Siberian Orchestra re-enters at #50 with Lost Christmas Eve.

The week’s top double-digit gainers include Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town (#21-17, +39%) and New Elektra artist Cee Lo Green’s Magic Moment (#32-29, +39%), along with XL/Columbia’s Adele 21 (#23-20, +32%), Capitol Nashville’s Luke Bryan (#31, +30%), 19/Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood (#25-23, +29%), Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons Babel (#14, +25%) and Capitol Nashville’s Eric Church (#39, +25%).

Hitting retail this week are Columbia’s 24-track 12-12-12 concert album (which came out today), Grand Hustle/Atlantic’s T.I., Interscope’s Chief Keef and Republic’s Les Miserables soundtrack (Friday).

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