Steve Barnett’s Columbia team has four of the Top 10, with Rob Stringer’s Sony Music nabbing five overall, with a sixth on RCA/Jive Label Group.

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Taylor Swift Edges Susan Boyle for Top Spot, Michael, R. Kelly, Diddy Dirty Money Bow
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With the holiday season in full swing, Big Machine’s Taylor Swift climbed back on top of the HITS Album sales chart, with 255k in sales, up 27% over last week, bringing her total to more than 2.6 million.

That was enough to topple Columbia’s Susan Boyle from #1 down to #2, with 251k for a total of 1.65 million, giving Steve Barnett’s team four of the Top 10, with Rob Stringer’s Sony Music nabbing five overall, with a sixth on RCA/Jive Label Group.

Epic’s posthumous Michael Jackson album, Michael, debuts at #3, with 225k, followed by two more Columbia acts, Jackie Evancho (#4) and the Glee Cast Christmas album (#5).

Jive/JLG’s R. Kelly album, Love Letter, is the other Top 10 newcomer, bowing at #6, along with Bad Boy/ Interscope’s Diddy Dirty Money release, Last Train to Paris, which enters at #10.

YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Nicki Minaj (#7), Atlantic’s Kid Rock (#8) and Columbia’s Glee: The Music Vol. 4 (#9) round out the sales leaders.

Other chart entries are registered by 19/Jive/JLG American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox’s Farmer’s Daughter (#31), Atlantic R&B star Tank (#38) and Jive/JLG’s Ciara (#43), while Columbia Nashville’s CMA award-winning and Grammy-nominated Miranda Lambert (#46) and Decca’s Elton John & Leon Russell (#50) both re-enter.

The week’s biggest double-digit gainers include Interscope’s Black Eyed Peas (#19-11, +48%); LaFace/JLG’s P!nk (#38-33, +44%); Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope’s Eminem, coming off an SNL appearance (#24-19, +42%); Island/IDJ’s Justin Bieber My World. 2.0 (#21-16, +39%); Capitol Nashville/EMI’s Lady Antebellum Merry Little Christmas (#47-44, +36%), Capitol/EMI’s Now 36 (#25-21, +35%) and Hollywood’s Selena Gomez & the Scene (#33,-32, +35%).

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