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With six albums in six figures and triple-digit increases, it’s beginning to look a lot like the year-end retail rush for the record business.

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Rihanna Has Her Best First Week Ever, As Phillip Phillips, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin and Keyshia Cole Bow in Top 10
With six albums in six figures and triple-digit increases, it’s beginning to look a lot like the year-end retail rush for the record business.

Def Jam/IDJ airborne pop diva Rihanna’s Unapologetic lands at #1 with nearly 240k in sales, the biggest first week in her seven-album career.

That tops Big Machine country crossover chanteuse Taylor Swift’s Red, now in its fifth week on the chart, adding 180k to a total now over 2 million, while remaining at #2.

19/Interscope American Idol winner Phillip PhillipsWorld from the Side of the Moon, debuts at #3 with 172k, thanks to his iTunes-topping #1 single, “Home.”

Syco/Columbia teen heartthrobs One Direction’s Take Me Home drops from #1-4 with 165k, followed by Atlantic redneck rapper Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul, his first ever to be available at iTunes, at #5.

Verve’s Rod Stewart Merry Christmas Baby looks to be the holidays’ big winner, at #6 with another 115k added to its total, now at 370k in its fourth week.

RCA’s P!nk capitalizes on discount pricing to see her Truth About Love album explode #20-7, up a whopping 334%, followed by Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean, up 159% at #8.

Atlantic’s Led Zeppelin CD/DVD package Celebration (#9) and Geffen’s Keyshia Cole (#10) round out the new entries in the Top 10.

Other Top 50 newcomers include 19/RCA’s Kelly Clarkson (#11), Polo Grounds/RCA’s Pitbull (#14), Capitol’s Coldplay Live 2012 (#33) and Columbia’s AC/DC live album.

YM/CM/Republic’s Nicki Mnaj (#28), Island/IDJ’s Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe (#31), XL/Columbia’s Adele 19 (#39), Republic’s Colbie Caillat Christmas album (#43), Def Jam/IDJ’s 2 Chainz (#45), Reprise’s Josh Groban (#47) and Republic’s Of Monsters and Men (#48) all re-enter the Top 50.

Aside from P!nk, the week’s top gainers include Island/IDJ’s Justin Bieber (#34-13, +320%), 19/Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood (#32-12, +318%), Interscope’s Imagine Dragons (#47-27, +240%), Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (#44-35, +138%), Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope’s Scotty McCreery (#25-20, +123%), Capitol Nashville’s Luke Bryan (#33-26, +120%), Dualtone’s The Lumineers (#31-25, +116%), Reprise’s Michael Buble (#21-19, +102%) and Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton (#19-16, +101%).

The major release hitting retail this week is RCA’s Alicia Keys.

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