Taylor Swift


Hot huge is Taylor Swift? She just out-bigged Biggie.

While the soundtrack to the new Notorious B.I.G. biopic, Notorious, scored the year's first Top 10 bow, the late hip-hop king couldn't dethrone the reigning queen of the charts.

Swift logged her seventh frame at No. 1 as Fearless moved another 63,000 for the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen SoundScan; Notorious sold 43,000 at No. 4.

The Notorious soundtrack features Biggie classics like "Hypnotize" and "Juicy" and a few previously unreleased demos. The album got a sales boost from the film's strong opening weekend.

David Cook's eponymous post-Idol debut, released in November, jumped eight spots to No. 10 selling 31,000 copies. The track "A Daily Anthem" landed exposure in last week's Idol return, while the season-seven champ made headlines himself with a new tour and his split from season two's Kimberly Caldwell.

The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack also got a jolt from the film's Golden Globe wins. The MIA and A. R. Rahman-led soundtrack leapt 39 spots to No. 16, selling more than 20,000 copies, double last week's tally, and jumping to the top of the Digital Albums chart.

Now That's What I Call Motown, released in connection with the record label's 50th anniversary on Jan. 12, sold 23,000 to notch the week's second-best bow at No. 13. The 24-track disc features songs by the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

In the week's other action, Lady Gaga held her lock atop the Digital Tracks chart with "Just Dance," while ABBA's Gold and Thriving Ivory's self-titled again topped the Catalog and Heatseekers charts, respectively.

Overall music sales were down nearly 6 percent from last week and 15 percent compared to the same week in 2008, when Alicia Keys' As I Am was No. 1.

Here's a recap of the Top 10 albums:

  1. Fearless, Taylor Swift
  2. I Am...Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé
  3. Dark Horse, Nickelback
  4. Notorious soundtrack, various
  5. 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West
  6. Twilight soundtrack, various
  7. Circus, Britney Spears
  8. Intuition, Jamie Foxx
  9. A Different Me, Keyshia Cole
  10. David Cook, David Cook
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.