For yet another week, Taylor Swift topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, followed by singer Susan Boyle, both of whom help down the no. 1 and 2 position, respectively.
However, there are a few new releases from the likes of Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson, Ghostface Killah, and David Banner.
After opening at no. 3 last week, Michael Jackson’s Michael was down two spots to no. 5 this week with 150,000 copies sold.
The highest debut comes from Jamie Foxx this week, with his latest album, Best Night Of My Life. The album lands at no. 6 with 144,000, recording Foxx’s third straight set to see a late December release, following Unpredictable (issued on Dec. 20, 2005, opening at no. 2 before hitting no. 1 the following week), and Intuition (Dec. 16, 2008, opening at no. 3 with 265,000).
Eminem’s “Recovery” was up next at no. 7 with 137,000; and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday stands at no. 8 for a second week, selling 133,000.
Keyshia Cole’s new Calling All Hearts earns this week’s biggest debut, starting at no. 9 with 128,000. Her last album, A Different Me, opened at no. 2 with 322,000.
Closing out the top 10 on the Billboard 200 is Rihanna’s Loud,” which climbs one spot to No. 10 with 111,000. Right behind her, at no. 11, is the debut of Keri Hilson’s sophomore effort, No Boys Allowed, which sold 102,000. Her debut release, In a Perfect World, opened at no. 4 in 2009 with 94,000.
And, the final album in this week’s top 20 is Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which comes in at no. 19 with 86,000.
Outside the top tier was Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids, which opens at no. 114 with 13,000 copies. The set features appearances by The Game, The Roots’ Black Thought, and his Wu-Tang group members.
At no. 184, David Banner and 9th Wonder’s collaborative effort, Death of a Pop Star, sells just 7,300 copies.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 26) totaled 15.08 million units, up 21% compared to the sum last week (12.49 million) and down 12% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (17.14 million).