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Taylor Swift reigns over Billboard 200, Meek Mill debuts high

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:13 AM
 
Country-pop star Taylor Swift held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as her latest album Red kept rapper Meek Mill from the top spot. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Country-pop star Taylor Swift held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as her latest album Red kept rapper Meek Mill from the top spot.

Red, Swift's fourth studio album safely took the No. 1 position after selling 344,000 copies according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week, Red scored the highest first week United States (US) sales in a decade after selling 1.2 million copies. The album has outsold One Direction's Up All Night to become the second-biggest album of 2012, behind Adele's juggernaut record 21, which has sold more than 4 million copies this year.

Rapper Meek Mill entered the chart at No. 2 with his debut studio album Dreams & Nightmares, selling 164,000 copies. The rapper collaborated with fellow Maybach Music artists for his debut, including Trey Songz, Wale, Rick Ross and Mary J. Blige.

 
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