Just in time for Christmas, Taylor Swift celebrates her third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Fearless” faced stiff competition from two late 2008 arrivals: “A Different Me” from Keyshia Cole and “Intuition” from Jamie Foxx, which came in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Their entries bumped Britney Spears down from No. 2 to No. 4 and Beyonce from No. 3 to No. 5. As is very common this time of year, both moved down the chart despite selling more copies this week than they did last week.
The other new entry in the Top 10 is Fall Out Boy’s “Folie a Deux,” which came in at No. 8. That’s a significant drop from its last album, “Infinity on High,” which debuted at No. 1.
In a sobering statistic that shows just how severely CD sales continue to slide, Billboard reports that album sales are up 33% over last week (which is to be expected as holiday shopping kicks in), but even with that bump, sales are down 30% over the same week in 2007.