Swift, Spears and Beyonce Rule the Billlboard 200

12.17.08 9 years ago

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It’s Ladies Week as a trio of women occupies the top three rungs on the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row. Taylor Swift reclaims the pole position on this week’s tally, swapping places with Britney Spears, whose comeback “Circus,” falls to No. 2 after debuting at the summit last week. Beyonce’s double album, “I Am…Sasha Fierce,” stays at No. 3

Swift’s second full-length CD, “Fearless,” sold a very respectable 248, 841 last week for a five-week total of 1.5 million.

The rest of this week’s Top 10 is basically a reshuffling of existing titles as the highest debut, Musiq Soulchild’s “On My Radio,” enters at No. 11. The soulful R&B singer is followed by Brandy, who’s first album since 2004’s “Afrodisiac,” opens at No. 15 “Human” marks her move from her longtime home of Atlantic to Epic Records.

As Christmas approaches, a number of holiday-themed titles are bringing cheer. Enya’s “Winter Came,” Faith Hill’s “Joy to the World” and “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets,” a collection of country ladies duetting posthumously with the King, are in the top 20.

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