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The previous holder of this dubious record was the Dreamgirls soundtrack, which went to the top spot on the charts in January, 2007, with just under 60k in sales.
SWIFT KEEPS PEAKING
The Black Keys Crash the Top 10, While Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Rihanna Go Top 5
It’s a brand-new year, but at the top of the HITS Album sales chart, the same familiar result.

Taylor Swift’s Big Machine album Speak Now adds another 53k to its total, enough to take her over 3 million in sales, and remains #1 with what is the lowest figure ever. The previous holder of this dubious record was the Dreamgirls soundtrack, which went to the top spot on the charts in January, 2007, with just under 60k in sales.

Speak Now is one of six titles in the Top 10 for Jim Urie’s UMGD along with four of the Top 5, including YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj (#2), Walt Disney’s Tron Legacy soundtrack with Daft Punk (#4) and Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna (#5). Only New Elektra’s Bruno Mars (#3) breaks the stranglehold by the home on the Grainge.

Glassnote’s surging Mumford & Sons continue their ascent as the leading rockers on the chart, moving #8-6 for Daniel Glass, followed by Roc-A-Fella/IDJ’s Kanye West (#7), Shady/Aftermath/Interscope’s Eminem (#8), Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#9) and the week’s biggest gainer, Nonesuch’s The Black Keys, who soar #27-10, +43%, following their Saturday Night Live appearance last weekend.

Sony Music Nashville’s Country Strong soundtrack, with Gwyneth Paltrow, is the week’s top debut, entering at #12, thanks to the movie’s premiere.

Re-entries include Capitol Nashville/EMI’s Lady Antebellum Merry Little Christmas album (#13), YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Drake (#40), New Elektra’s Cee Lo Green (#43) and Universal Motown’s Kid Cudi (#49).

Aside from The Black Keys, the week’s other positive gainer was Lady Antebellum, which goes #28-18, +5%.

Others showing upward chart activity include Atlantic’s Zac Brown Band (#35-29), BNA’s Kenny Chesney (#38-31) and Curb’s Tim McGraw (#44-33).

Hitting retail this week are Jive/JLG’s Cage the Elephant, Big Machine’s Steel Magnolia and ILG’s Cake, with Capitol/EMI’s The Decemberists, Custard/Atlantic’s James Blunt and Epic’s The Script on deck for the next Tuesday (1/18).

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