The Billboard 200 sets a sad record this week as Taylor Swift's “Speak Now” becomes the lowest-selling No. 1 album in Nielsen SoundScan history, moving only 52,000 copies.
Mid-January is a traditionally slow sales time, as consumers cut back on spending after the holidays and record companies hang onto their blockbuster releases for a friendlier climate. However, “Speak Now”'s low tally is 13 percent lower than the previous record-holder, the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack in January, 2007, which sold only 60,000 copies to land its No. 1 spot.
The rest of this week's Top 5 is equally anemic. Nicki Minaj's “Pink Friday” climbs two spots to No. 2, despite a 36 percent drop in sales to 39,000. Bruno Mars' “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” climbs four spots to No. 3, on sales of 38,000. Daft Punk's soundtrack to “Tron: Legacy” climbs two to No. 4, on sales of 34,000. And Eminem's “Recovery” slides from No. 2 to No. 5, on sales of 33,000.
Over on the singles charts, sales are equally sluggish. Mars' “Grenade” trades places with Katy Perry's “Firework” again, taking the top spot and sending Perry to No. 2. However, Rihanna and Drake look ready to crash the party as “What's My Name?” moves up to No. 3, trading places with Ke$ha's “We R Who We R” who drops to No. 4. Pink's “Raise Your Glass” holds steady at No. 5.
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